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English university has designs on budding fashion students

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 October, 2008, 12:00am

The future of English fashion came to Hong Kong this week, as the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) brought the designs of 17 graduating students to the city. The runway show, which is in collaboration with the Youth Arts Foundation, was at the British Council on Tuesday. The reason for the showcase was to announce to fashion-forward city Hong Kong that UCLan in northwestern England has expanded to include the International Fashion Institute. In short, it's hoping to entice local design students to get their academic training in England.

As you might expect of young British designers, the display ranged from high-end aspirational outfits to over-the-top experimental attire.

Two of the top grads even got a free trip to accompany their clothes to Asia. Maria Manfredi (right), whose designs opened the show, drew inspiration from the decorum of traditional English afternoon tea settings, while Gemma Garnham (left) tapped the old-school look of Victorian culture.

Although the school will present another show, a public one, today at 6.30pm in Quarry Bay's Tong Chong Street in Taikoo Place, the two visiting stylists are determined to set aside some time for other activities. The object of their pursuit is a popular one: 'To shop, of course.'

The show is free. For inquiries, call 2877 2656.