Created: Thursday, 5th December, 2013 - 11:50

Foundation students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham gained a unique experience of the glamorous world of fashion during London Fashion Week.

14 Pre-Degree students were given the opportunity to work backstage dressing and assisting models at the Fashion Scout venue during the four-day international event.

Student, Teresa Carmona, said: "Working backstage at London fashion Week was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It was hectic yet exciting and a great introduction into the fashion industry."

Fellow Further Education student, Rowena Kinghorn, said: "I really enjoyed the fast-paced environment of working backstage - the atmosphere just before the shows began was incredible."

 UCA Fashion Pathway leader, Aimee McLachlan, has been organising this unique opportunity at Fashion Scout for the past five years.

Aimee said: "The Foundation Diploma at UCA develops a student's sense of what is possible within all art and design disciplines before they choose which discipline to commit to.

"Work experience, like this, is pivotal for a lot of students as it can lead to more work through new contacts and provides them with a real sense of the industry and positive direction of their future careers.

"I find those who have completed a week at London Fashion Week have a more robust and professional attitude to their work on their return and they are very much appreciated by the organisers for their initiative and hardworking attitude so was always get priority over other universities."

 While UCA Farnham is not as well known for Fashion as UCA Epsom or UCA Rochester, Further Education students are encouraged to experience all art and design pathways.

Fashion Scout hosted the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) final which featured UCA Rochester BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Lucinda Roberts.

UCA has many graduates and lecturers show at LFW every year but this was the appearance at the world-famous fashion event by a student during their degree.

UCA's Fashion School has produced household names including Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes. Two graduates recently designed for the likes of Rihanna, Kanye West Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole in Sky Living's Styled to Rock and in 2009 Myrto Stamou won the prestigious Gold Award at Graduate Fashion Week.

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