Top designer Gareth Pugh inspires the next generation of fashion stars

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HOME-GROWN designer Gareth Pugh returns to his roots today to inspire the next generation of fashion stars.

Gareth, pictured, who has designed for Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga, was joining fashion historian Colin McDowell for a discussion about the industry and how the best of catwalk creations can come from those from beyond the capital.

It is being held as part of the Fashion Fringe event, which is heading to a number of universities with a panel of the UK’s elite designers offering students and professionals in the region advice on how to succeed.

The event was being held at Northumbria University with Pugh, who started his career at Sunderland College, talking about his experiences, which have led to him being hailed a genius by Vogue.

He also won critical acclaim during Paris Fashion Week this month.

The designer, of Grangetown, Sunderland, but now based in Paris, is famed for the way he fashions modern luxury, creates garments inspired by shape, proportion and process.

Douglas MacLennan, principle lecturer at Northumbria’s school of design, said: “We are delighted to play host to the internationally-renowned fashion journalist and author Colin McDowell interviewing internationally-acclaimed fashion designer Gareth Pugh.

“From experience of listening to Colin, I am sure it will prove to be an evening to set many young design talents from around the North East on the determined route to be the next winner of the Fashion Fringe.

“While fashion is inextricably linked with the capital London, talent can be born in a croft as well as a castle – local-born talent and the North East has never been short of creative talent.”

Among those to find success after studying at Northumbria are Nicola Morgan, who joined the House of Givenchy as a designer, Jane Whitfield, who is with Chloe and has worked for Louis Vuitton, and Louise Trotter, a creative director for Joseph.

Other dates on the Fashion Fringe tour include Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Brighton.

The event is free to students, with a limited number of tickets available to the public.

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The talk will be held at 7pm in the university’s City Campus East 1, with registration starting at 6.30pm.

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