Sam Payne's wedding dress from London Graduate Fashion Week

20 graduates, 18 models, 120 outfits and one PM's Wife

Twenty Textiles and Fashion graduates from Somerset College displayed their collections on the main catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week in London on Monday 9 June.

Sarah Brown, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife, watched the College's show at the Earls Court event.

Sarah Brown said: 'I was delighted to have the chance to see the Somerset College Graduate Fashion Show on Monday at Graduate Fashion Week and to see first-hand the brilliant new talent emerging from our fashion colleges. All the students displayed their full range of skills and I'm confident that they will do Britain proud as they move forward and enter the fashion industry.'

Somerset College have three students nominated for awards at the Gala Show on Wednesday. Zoe White has been nominated for the Gold Award, Jessica Kielen for the Zandra Rhodes Award and Amy Dourneen for the Knitwear Award.

The winners will be announced at the Gala Fashion Show which takes place on Wednesday 11 June.

Due to previous years' successes Somerset College was chosen by Graduate Fashion Week to display their collections on the main catwalk. Only selected colleges and universities were also allowed to use the catwalk.

Chloe Marsh, who studies Fashion Textiles at Somerset College, said: 'This was an amazing experience, to have my designs go down the catwalk in London was fantastic, especially in front of the Prime Minister's wife.

'We have all performed so well throughout the three year course, Somerset College has been a great place to study and it has given us the opportunity to show our collections on London Graduate Fashion Week's main catwalk in front of international companies.'

Imelda Hughes, HE Course Leader for Textiles and Fashion at Somerset College, said: 'The day went very smoothly, the show was spectacular and the graduates enjoyed watching their designs go down the catwalk. We have had a lot of interest in our graduates' designs from national and international companies who want to use them.

'We have equipped our students with the skills they need to progress in the fashion and textile industry, they have already achieved so much and are set to continue that success as they enter business.'

Samantha Payne is displaying her collection of laser cut fabrics with the remaining Textiles and Surface Design Graduates at New Designers which takes place at the Business Design Centre in London, from 3-6 July. For more details visit

Images of the Somerset College show at Graduate Fashion Week are available at

Somerset College Textiles and Fashion graduates will be displaying their collections as part of the College's Degree Show from 21 to 26 June. The show takes place at the campus on Wellington road, Taunton. For more details visit

Somerset College deliver higher education courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth.