Manchester Metropolitan University

Tuesday, 19th April 2016

British Fashion Council scholarship for student

Another win for Manchester School of Art's Cavan

A FASHION student at Manchester Metropolitan University has been named a British Fashion Council scholarship winner.

BA (Hons) Fashion student Cavan McPherson, who was also selected for a paid summer design internship at the Levi Strauss’ headquarters in San Francisco earlier this year, is one of three “dedicated and exceptionally talented students” from across the UK to be selected to receive the Education Foundation BA Scholarship 2016.

Cavan specialises in womenswear at Manchester School of Art and was selected for the scholarship due to her elegant handle on using ethical fabrics and her conceptual, androgynous designs.

She said: “It is an honour to be awarded a scholarship from The British Fashion Council. They are a great organisation that have been hugely supportive of my work this year. The University has also been really active in highlighting these organisations to us.”

Louise Adkins, Senior Lecturer in Fashion at Manchester School of Art, said: “Throughout her time at Manchester Met, Cavan has made the most of the opportunities and work experience available to her through the links the University has with the fashion industry. She is talented and highly creative like all our students. We are sure Cavan will go on to do amazing things after graduation.”

For gifted young designers

Since 1988, the British Fashion Council has provided scholarships to help support the young talents of the fashion world on their way from education through to making it in the industry. All scholarships have been awarded to contribute towards living expenses and support the costs of creating their final collections, ensuring that gifted young designers have the opportunity to learn the needed skills regardless of their financial situation.

The BFC scheme is funded by donations from Coach, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-Porter and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha. This project has also been partly supported by HM Government with Employer Ownership funding through Creative Skillset.

Previous recipients include another Manchester School of Art graduate, Aitor Throup, who received funding in 2004 and went on to launch his own acclaimed menswear company and act as creative consultant at G-Star. Graduate Gabriella Sardena was also awarded the scholarship last year.

The work of the three 2016 scholarship winners will be on display at the BFC Colleges Council Graduate Preview Day, taking place on Friday 13 May at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design.

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.

The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.

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