Lucinda Roberts, 3rd year student BA (hons) Fashion Design, was a finalist in a student competition organised by Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) at Fashion Scout. More than 100 students submitted their designs this year but only 15 were selected to bring their sketches to life and show them on the catwalk in front of a panel of judges at London Fashion Week.
After the show, Lucinda said: “It’s really surreal to actually be up here at London Fashion Week. It’s an event that every designer dreams about showcasing their collections at the top of their careers, so it is unreal to have the opportunity to show here while still at university. It was amazing to see my clothes go down the runway as I’ve never seen anything of mine on a proper model – let alone a major fashion show – so it was really good to see how my garments look going down the catwalk and to see peoples’ reaction to my work. I think it’s great that UCA encourages us to enter these high-profile competitions and forge relationships within the industry while still at university because that’s where we want to end up.”
Donna Ives, UCA Fashion Design course leader, said: “London Fashion Week is the pinnacle of the fashion world so this is a fantastic experience and accolade for Lucinda. Lots of our graduates and tutors show at London Fashion Week but Lucinda is the first current student from UCA to show here so it’s very exciting for all of us. I thought her garments looked amazing on the catwalk and both outfits were sophisticated and incredibly clever. The FAD competition gives students a truly unique experience outside of university and gives them a taste of what they can expect in the industry.”
Lucinda’s collection was in inspired by minimalist architecture and features clean lines, sharp corners and cut-outs to create two unique designs.