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Sunderland streets to global catwalks: North East designer who dresses Beyonce, Gaga and Kylie


He has gone from the street of Sunderland to a fashion favourite in the celebrity world, with Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue all wearing his incredible designs.

Designer Gareth Pugh, from Grangetown, started his fashion career at the City of Sunderland College before going on to graduate from Central St Martins in 2003.

After graduating from the top fashion school, Gareth has gone on to become one of the great contemporary fashion designers, with acclaimed shows in London and a legion of celebrity fans.

Gareth Pugh models at London Fashion Week, September 2006 (Image: Daily Mirror)

Kylie Minogue famously wore his designs on her Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour and Showgirl – The Homecoming Tour.

Christina Aguilera was recently seen wearing head-to-toe Gareth Pugh, for an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Now the 36-year-old will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland.

Singer/songwriter Christina Aguilera performs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon wearing a Gareth Pugh design (Image: Getty Images North America)

University of Sunderland Vice-Chancellor Shirley Atkinson said: “We are proud to pay tribute to our honoraries at this year’s Graduation Ceremonies.

“They have all made a significant impact in their chosen careers and will be a tremendous inspiration to our graduates who are celebrating their academic success before beginning or continuing their own career.”

He just one of the famous faces that will be given honorary awards at the annual graduation ceremonies in July.

One of Gareth Pugh’s creations (Image: Daily Mirror)

Other names receiving accolades include doctor, campaigner and This Morning broadcaster Dr Chris Steele MBE.

Sunderland born Chris will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science, in recognition of his contribution to the medical profession and for his public health broadcasting role.

Dr Chris Steele from This Morning (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

South Shields-born journalist and broadcaster Kevin Maguire will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts, in recognition his outstanding contribution to political journalism.

He is a visiting lecturer at the University, and associate editor of the Daily Mirror.

Alice Hall, a Sunderland graduate, founded online retailer Pink Boutique in 2012 which is now one of the UK’s fastest-growing private fashion firms.

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She will be announced as the Alumni Achiever of the Year.

The honoraries will be joined by almost 3,000 graduates receiving awards from University Chancellor Steve Cram CBE.

Ms Atkinson said: “We are very proud to continue our life-changing work with the class of 2018, who, alongside all of our graduates, make a huge difference to our region and to wider society, both nationally and internationally.

“They are our tomorrow makers.”

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