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Fashion students take talent to China Fashion Week

Five fashion students given the opportunity of a lifetime as they showcase their designs at China’s University Fashion Week

China University Fashion WeekMiddlesex University fashion students attended and closed a week of shows at China's University Fashion Week in Guangzhou, China.

Students Kate French, Lauren Gardner, Florence King, Rosie Corfield and Gemma Okeke were the lucky designers to attend China’s Fashion Week, which only invites one university to attend each year.

The students participated in professional contests, exhibitions, fashion forums, and a professional evaluation at the show.

"The whole experience was such a whirlwind, I just feel so lucky to have had this opportunity,” explained Fashion Textile student Florence King.

“We all have a huge bank of photos and some brilliant film footage we can now add to our portfolios. I could never have imagined the scale of this amazing outcome."

The event was broadcast to millions of people throughout China - attracting global media attention.

Students took part in photo calls, TV and web interviews and had plenty of networking and employment opportunities - mingling with the best and brightest in the design world, including NE.TIGER, Sundance and Jeans West.

“I had an incredible time out there, and had the opportunity of meeting some amazing people who I am still in contact with, so I’d love to go again,” explained Gemma Okeke.

"The whole experience was such a whirlwind, I just feel so lucky to have had this opportunity.”

Florence King, BA Fashion Textiles student

Students were accompanied by Bronwen Marshall, Lecturer for Fashion Design and Matt Ryalls, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Communication and Styling.

Bronwen, a Middlesex graduate and well known designer of original menswear, also judged Guangdong University students for the China International Fabrics and Accessories Centre Cup.

"Middlesex was chosen because it has a great reputation for the individuality and high standard of its graduates – including its great rankings in league tables for fashion in London and the UK," explained Magic Chan, organiser of the event.

China Fashion Week is world-renowned for promoting brands, displaying originality and broadcasting fashion trends.

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Picture attribution: E.J. Landry Flickr, Creative Commons 2.1

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