Tuesday, 17 May 2011

UCA to award honorary degree to Pineapple's Debbie Moore OBE

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) will present the founder of Pineapple Dance Studios, Debbie Moore OBE, with an honorary Master of Arts at their graduation ceremony on 13 July at Rochester Cathedral.

In 1979 former model Debbie turned the old pineapple warehouse in Covent Garden into a dance studio with the aim of making dance accessible to everyone. Shortly afterwards she launched Pineapple Dancewear in response to the increased demand for fashionable dance clothing.

The company was a huge success, and in 1982 Debbie became the first woman to float her company on the London Stock Exchange.

Pineapple Dance Studios was recently chosen for a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Sky One, attracting high viewing figures and making a star out of flamboyant tutor Louie Spence. It also allowed viewers to have an insight into Debbie’s life and her work at Pineapple.

Professor Elaine Thomas, Vice-Chancellor at the University, said: “This award recognises Debbie’s contribution to the fashion industry. She based her company on her passion and created an internationally recognised brand. She is a true inspiration to our students.”

The University for the Creative Arts has 7,000 students, studying at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester. This year it will also be offering honorary degrees to menswear designer Ozwald Boateng, graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, animator Darren Walsh, fine artist Paula Rego, art director Jeff Potter and marketing specialist Kate Robertson.

Picture courtesy of UCA. Find out more about Debbie and Pineapple on their website.

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