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Students make catwalk debut with Premier League star Fuchs

Nervous students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have made their debut on the catwalk, modelling for Leicester City star Christian Fuchs at a special event.

More than a dozen DMU students took part in the fashion show which featured in one of this year’s winter graduations.

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The show  - which took part in the ceremony where Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was awarded an honorary degree – was split into two parts.

The first showcased the work of DMU Fashion Design graduate Hazel Symons, work which won her the prestigious Christopher Bailey Gold Award by Oracle at the 25th Graduate Fashion Week last year.

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And the second showed off the range of t-shirts released by Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs under his #NoFuchsGiven brand, created in the wake of his massively popular social media channel.

To model all the designs, DMU students volunteered to take to the catwalk in front of an audience of hundreds.

For final year History and International Relations student Silas Gardener, the performance was his first modelling experience and he made a striking debut, clad in black jeans, t-shirt and baseball cap, striding confidently out into centre stage.

The 22-year-old said : “My name was put forward to take part but I warmed to the idea. I went for the whole geek chic look, think I rocked it pretty well.

“Having said that I was really nervous before going on; it was quite a surreal atmosphere.

“It was a great experience though, made the event quite unique and it was great meeting Christian.”

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Creative Writing and Drama final year student - and Vice-Captain of the DMU women's football team - Charlotte Batey was also a catwalk novice.

The 22-year-old said: "I'm five-foot-three so I was never going to get to model on a catwalk so I absolutely went for it. It was nerve-wracking but the crowd seemed to really like it.

"I had friends filming it and they all thought it was great. DMU just keeps giving us these oppportunities and I'm happy to keep taking them; it's awesome."

Other students who took part included Grace Morgan, Kamron Basi, Cressentia Masuku and Jack Richardson.

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Fuchs recently signed a partnership with DMU which will offer a wealth of opportunities for students from a variety of courses enhancing their employability opportunities.

Fashion students will be given an amazing opportunity to develop designs for the brand, with a lucky winner having their work released into the #NoFuchsGiven clothing range while students also create a social media campaign around the competition.

Christian also opened the newly-refurbished Campus Centre, the home of De Montfort Students’ Union.

Posted on Friday 27th January 2017

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