Graduates make big waves in fashion world

Published: 21 June 2010 at 12:07

End of year fashion show now set to become annual event for Cambridge

Fashion designers from the first graduating year of Cambridge School of Art BA (Hons) Fashion Design have burst on to the fashion scene with a spectacular Fashion Show to mark their graduation.

The Fashion Show, held at Anglia Ruskin University, was a sell out and widely applauded which means it is set to become one of the highlights of the Cambridge School of Art calendar.

Senior Lecturer and BA (hons) Fashion Design course leader Wendy Moody recognises the importance of a graduation show as the time of year when the industry sits up and pays attentions with designers and the media on the look out for the latest talent and is proud of the student’s achievements:

"The first graduate fashion/costume show here at ARU was a great success - the students worked incredibly hard with some outstanding outputs. The graduates are going from strength to strength and two of our students (Kayleigh and Joy) are already gaining recognition by the industry.  I really look forward to seeing how Joy continues to push the boundaries with her innovative use of latex; and Kayleigh with her high end fashion collections."

Kayleigh Valentine describes it as being ‘mad’ since the Fashion Show. Her work was shown at the prestigious Brighton Fashion Week and featured on the homepage of the website which led to Kayleigh being interviewed by  She is now undertaking an internship with Supremebeing, working with to advise them on buying and styling and selling her work through them all whilst working on her next collection.

About her work Kayleigh says:

"My collection Lace on Leather feeds on from my previous collection designed. Its very personal as it was influenced by my great grandmother’s personality and life. The inspiration stems from a collision of innocent vintage and rebellious rock styles. My signature style is my use of personal hand made fabrics. I use a form of layering and soldering to create beautiful interesting original fabrics. I think that the course at ARU has definitely helped me in form my own personal style. Students here can grow into the designer they want to be rather than sticking to the structure that other universities sometimes set."

Showing alongside Kayleigh at both the Cambridge and Brighton Fashion Shows  was Joy Williams whose experimentation with latex has led to an opportunity to work with up-and- coming art-based photography company Fetish Rocks. Through connections on the BA (hons) Fashion Design Joy has landed an internship with couture latex company House of Harlot. 

All first class Fashion Shows need a top photographer and graduating BA (Hons) Photography student Miroslav Zaruba proved his worth at the show. Based in London, Miroslav has worked on London Fashion Week and with fashion agencies and his highly professional images capture the excellent quality and cutting edge design of the graduates’ pieces.

Find out more about our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course.