Former LCCA student Mary Martin was featured in the latest episode of BBC programme The Apprentice.
The contestants were tasked with selling a line of clothing, which included choosing a designer.
Mary Martin, who studied HND Fashion & Textiles at LCCA, was one of the designers providing the collections. She was selected from 200 contenders who applied to be on the show.
“LCCA had sent me an email asking me if I would like to show my clothes for a programme on the BBC, but I didn’t know which one,” said Mary. “For this show, the designers had to be high end and bring something different, and it was a challenge as everyone had their own individuality.”
Mary showed her collection to the contestants and a model wore one of her dresses. “When she walked in with my Queen of Africa dress I thought she looked amazing, and I knew that I had made an impression.”
Though she wasn’t chosen by the teams, Mary had a great experience. “It was very exciting. They took me to a secret location and all the other designers were already there. I was confident as my clothes have something different and I didn’t fear the competition.”
Mary is a successful designer on the London scene and her collections have been featured at Africa Fashion Week in London. She has also won several awards, including the BEFFTA Excellence Award and the award for Best Africa Designer at the Mercedes Benz African Fashion Festival 2015.
You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer here.