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Shining new lights of London fashion scene showcase their work

A select group of fashion students from Middlesex University will be showcasing their cutting-edge creations this week - in a truly iconic venue.

The 22 up-and-coming designers were hand-picked from over 100 fashion students by an industry panel of leading fashion experts from GQ Style, The Metro newspaper, i-D Magazine, ShowStudio and acclaimed fashion designers. 

Those chosen will get the chance to display their final year designs in central London on Friday 30th May 2014 - in the elegant setting of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. 

The event, the first of its kind to exclusively feature Middlesex University Fashion Design and Fashion Textiles students, will be attended by fashion scouts and other industry professionals. 

One student showcasing her work is Amelia Bebbington, whose innovative collection is inspired by toys of years gone by.  With a particular focus on Lego, Amelia has created a fun and functional collection of bright yellow modular garments that can be deconstructed, rebuilt, zipped to one another and even swapped between the sexes to create the ultimate capsule collection. 

Rhiannon Wakefield is another student showcasing her collection at the event. The talented designer was the national overall winner of the 2014 Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition during this year's London Fashion Week.  Her menswear designs were selected by FAD's leading industry panel which included British Vogue magazine. 

Fashion Design student Orion Facey will also be displaying his creations, which are designed with the transgender community in mind. Orion's work has an avant-garde and subversive edge, and is focused on challenging the traditional constructs and constraints of gender. 

Amelia Bebbington explained why the show means so much to her: "This is an amazing opportunity to get my designs out there. The stakes are pretty high, so of course I'm a bit nervous. But more than anything, I'm excited. Hopefully on the day the clothes will speak for themselves!"

The industry panel who selected the students for the show was made up of The Metro newspaper's style editor Bel Jacobs, GQ Style's fashion editor Victoria Higgs, fashion editor at i-D Magazine Jack Borkett, fashion journalist and ShowStudio contributor Daryoush Haj-Najafi, and designers Lucas Nascimento and Oliver Spencer.

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