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Frome student has designs on success

A FASHION student from Frome is hoping her nifty knitwear will impress at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.

23 year-old Viki Salmon is in her final year of a BA (Hons) fashion degree at Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has drawn on ideas of different cultures to create a collection that combines sculptural knitwear and manipulated fabrics to explore this diversity.

Viki has already had one important ‘catwalk’ moment – when she designed her sister-in-law’s wedding dress, which she Viki said was “an incredible experience.”

The former Frome Community College student has always been interested in design and originally planned to become an art teacher, but chose to study fashion instead as she thought it would be more of a challenge.

She now plans to work as a freelance costume designer for the film and theatre industries after graduation. Each year, the best fashion students nationally are chosen to show their final year collections at the Graduate Fashion Week. Viki’s collection will form part of the show by 18 students from Manchester School of Art at Earl’s Court, London, on Tuesday, 4th June.

Jo Jenkinson, programme leader for BA Fashion at the university said, “The competition to show at Graduate Fashion Week was high this year as we have some really diverse and talented students, so Viki has done fantastically well to be picked for the catwalk.

“The event provides all students with a unique opportunity to showcase their talent, make great contacts and spring board their career.”