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UCA graduate to fly to Morocco after winning international fashion industry award

Shreyaa Mavani, our recent BA (Hons) Fashion graduate, has been declared a winner of the British Council International Residency Award for her final collection, Ranga. Shreyaa was selected for the award while showcasing her collection on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week in June. She has won an exciting three-week placement in Casablanca, hosted by the Casa Moda Academy and local fashion experts. The all-expenses-paid trip will see Shreyaa produce a capsule collection and explore Morocco, the inspiration behind internationally renowned designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors and Peter Som.

Shreyaa is looking forward to creating a new collection inspired by Moroccan culture. She says: “the Moroccan culture is new to me and I’ll be able to absorb the experience with fresh ideas and a different perspective, which is both challenging and exciting. I hope to create a collection that will reflect both my design aesthetic and Moroccan culture.”


Shreyaa Mavani collection on GFW catwalk

Traditional Indian dance and the work of artist Michael Samuel influenced Shreyaa’s winning collection, Ranga. Featuring pleats and silhouettes of clothes worn by traditional Indian dancers, she was inspired by colour blocking featured in Samuel’s sculptures. With a love for travel, Shreyaa is keen to find inspiration for future work when experiencing new cultures as she develops her fashion career: “I’m ambitious about becoming a creative director and working in the fashion capitals of the world. Long term, my goal is to have a successful design label of my own.”

Speaking of her time with us at UCA, Shreyaa said: “I’ll forever be thankful to the technical staff for their willingness to offer their skills and expertise. The BA (Hons) Fashion course had great lectures, and tutor Ray Martin rigorously rehearsed questions and answers with me in preparation for the award interview.”


Photography by Simon Armstrong at Graduate Fashion Week 2015