The runways at London Fashion Week are set to showcase some of the big names in British and Irish design today with shows from Julien Macdonald, Henry Holland and Orla Kiely, J. W. Anderson and John Rocha.
Rising tuition fees could shut out working class talent from studying fashion at Britain's world-class colleges, according to an ambassador for the British Fashion Council.
Speaking at the opening of London Fashion Week, Sarah Mower, who is also a visiting professor at Central St Martins, said today's home-grown success stories "came through at a time when fees didn't exist, or were affordable".
The Guardian reported the British fashion industry is being urged to take inspiration from the US, where fashion veterans give something back through scholarships and bursaries.
London fashion week is expected to inject £100m into the British economy.
To get in to the spirit of London Fashion Week, model Aspen Glen-Cross poses in a dress adorned with around 5000 LEGO bricks designed by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design student, Anne-Sophie Cochevelou. London Fashion Week begins on Friday.