Leeds Student Wins Top Fashion Prize


A University of Leeds fashion design student has taken home a top prize from London Graduate Fashion Week.

Emily Bunch, 21, who has just completed her final year of a B A Fashion Design  course at the University’, fought off entries from 40 universities to win first place in the Karen Millen Portfolio Award at  Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Completing a School of Design double in the prestigious competition, fellow fourth-year Fashion Design student Cassie Place, 22 and from Nottingham, took second place in the Portfolio Award during this, Graduate Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary year.

The School has a strong track record in the annual event – fielding a runner-up last year, and a winner in 2014.

Emily said: “It was so exciting to win the award and a placement at Karen Millen – and for Cassie to get runner-up.”

Winning with her womenswear portfolio, Emily, from Ashburton in Devon, has now guaranteed herself a year working for the luxury women’s designer. This top-flight placement will help her build on the professional experience of working with fashion retail giant H&M in Stockholm for the Year in Industry part of her course.

David Backhouse, BA Fashion Design Programme Leader  said: “Final year Fashion Design students at the University of Leeds focus on creating a diverse design portfolio, demonstrating a breadth and depth of creative collections aimed at all levels of the fashion industry.

“It’s great recognition that the University of Leeds secured the Karen Millen Award for the second time.

“Students also gain fantastic first-hand experience during their year out in industry – Emily worked for a year at H&M in Stockholm and well deserves this recognition of excellence.”

Emily was part of a small group of both BA Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing students andstudents who travelled to London, earlier this month,  to represent their disciplines in front of a host of industry professionals.


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