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Kent fashion graduate to show work in Paris trade show

A fashion designer who studied in Kent and graduated last year has won the chance to show her work at a trade show in Paris.

Lyudmila Lane graduated from the Rochester campus of the University for the Creative Arts last year.

She went on to win a graduate competition, run by Arts Thread, set up to launch the careers of 10 designers.

All 10 winners will show their work at the Who's Next Pret-a-Porter trade show in Paris this month.

'Huge boost'

The trade show is a key fashion industry event run twice a year to show emerging trends and up-and-coming designers.

Ms Lane said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance for her.

Image caption Lyudmila Lane's collection will be shown at the Who's Next Pret-a-Porter trade show in Paris

And she added: "The opportunity to show my creations to the public and meet influential fashion buyers from around the world is an amazing chance for me to establish my own label."

She said: "Winning has given me a huge boost in both energy and aspiration.

"It's a huge step for my career and my dream of seeing people wearing my clothes out on the streets."

Judges in the competition included creative directors from Calvin Klein, Henri Lloyd and Tommy Hilfiger.

Fashion designers who trained at the UCA campuses in Kent and Surrey include Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes.

UCA has bases in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

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