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UCA student wins Graduate Fashion Week's New Business Award

University for the Creative Arts (UCA) student Miruna Manole was named the winner of Graduate Fashion Week's (GFW) New Business Award last night (Monday 5 June) for her vegan cosmetic range proposal.

The 22-year-old student from Bucharest, Romania, studies BA (Hons) Fashion Management & Marketing at UCA Epsom and impressed judges with her comprehensive proposal for the environmentally friendly products.

Miruna said: “It's amazing to have won and I can't believe it. Designing a range of products that are environmentally friendly was so important to me, especially now. So much damage is being done to the environment, such as climate change, because of the resources that industries are using. I wanted to create something that reduced the risk of harm towards the planet and animals, and I think that my project shows that it can be done and that we need to move more towards something like this.”

UCA students Kristy Morris and Khalilah Scott were also shortlisted for the New Business Award, which was presented to Miruna at Monday night's GFW awards ceremony, held at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London.

The award recognises originality and innovation shown by graduates in their proposals of business ideas for new or existing companies within the fashion and lifestyle industries. The award required graduates to propose an idea which filled a gap in the market, and proposals were expected to include market research, a business plan and budget, as well as promotional ideas.

Monday marked a particularly successful day for UCA at GFW, which runs from Sunday 4 to Wednesday 7 June, with UCA Rochester and UCA Epsom students showcasing their impressive collections on the catwalk.

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