Surrey fashion students create Afghan collection

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Four students won work experience placements with top designers

Fashion students from Surrey have helped to raise money for charities working in Afghanistan by designing a collection inspired by the Middle East.

The designs by students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Epsom were shown at the Afghan Fashion Show in London.

Four winning students are now preparing to undertake work experience with top fashion designers.

The show raised more than £40,000 for Afghanaid and The Soldiers' Charity.

It featured clothes by Afghan designer Zolaykha Sherzad, who is now based in New York.

Ms Sherzad said she started her own collection to show people that Afghanistan was "not all about war, orphanages and burkas" but was also about history and culture.

UCA fashion lecturer Ezinma Mbonu said the fashion students who took part gained a greater understanding of printed textiles and also developed a cultural awareness that would lead them further afield when researching shapes, colours and fabrics.

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