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Graduating Fashion student wins Best Womenswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week

One of our 2016 Fashion graduates, Qiwei Jiang, has won the Marks & Spencer Best Womenswear Award at this year's Graduate Fashion Week. Qiwei wowed the judges at the glamorous Gala Awards event with her stunning ‘trompe l’oeil’ (‘deceive the eye’) collection. 

Qiwei Jiang collection catwalk

Collection by Qiwei Jiang

Now in its 25th year, Graduate Fashion Week is the premier event in the university fashion calendar, and has helped launch the careers of such household names as Stella McCartney, Julien Macdonald and Burberry boss Christopher Bailey. In attendance at the Gala Awards were high profile figures such as Dame Vivian Westwood and Alesha Dixon.

“It’s amazing to have won,” said Qiwei, who is originally from China. “I’m really excited for the University for the Creative Arts and my tutors, who have helped me a lot to grow this year.”

The Best Womenswear Award rounded off a successful week for Qiwei, who also collected the runner-up prize in the David Band Textiles Award for the same collection. Asked what she thought had caught the judges’ eyes, Qiwei said: “I think the collection is innovative and creative, and some new ideas have come out of it. But it still keeps in touch with the emotional side.”

Qiwei Jian catwalk GGW winner

Collection by Qiwei Jiang

Qiwei’s win came at the end of a strong week for our Fashion graduates, with Qiwei’s classmates Ramlah Wraich and Bareia Ahmad being shortlisted for the Best of Graduate Fashion Week Gala Awards too. Fashion Promotion & Imaging graduate Vanessa Cuffy also won the New Fashion Media Award, Fashion Promotion graduate Sarah Young came runner-up in the Drapers Fashion Publication Award category, and Fashion Management & Marketing graduate Emma Prevost was a runner-up in the Vivian Westwood Ethical Award category. Our Fashion student Ellie-Grace Frost was also shortlisted for both the Red Carpet Award and the Sophie Hallette Award.

Take a look at their creations – and the behind-the-scenes action from GFW 2016 – on our Facebook page

UCA’s School of Fashion has been named as one of the top 20 institutions in the world to study fashion, and counts amongst its alumni the likes of Karen Millen and Dame Zandra Rhodes - who is currently the University’s Chancellor. Discover more about our range of Fashion courses here.