Last year, Graduate Fashion Week celebrated 25 years of being one of the world’s most important sources of new talent for the global design industry. Fashion supports 797,000 jobs domestically alone, contributing £26 billion to the economy. Graduate Fashion Week is a crucial part of the dynamic – fuelling innovation in all parts of the fashion business. It is a showcase for the imagination and possibilities – shaping the way fashion works as well as looks.
To mark its 25th anniversary, the first lifetime patrons of Graduate Fashion Week were announced: Christopher Bailey MBE of Burberry, Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE RDI, Nick Knight OBE and Victoria Beckham OBE. To mark this year’s event, similarly celebrated names from the ranks of former University alumni joined them – each of them an industry success story. Graduate Fashion Week took place from the 5th-8th June, culminating in the globally prestigious Graduate Fashion Week Gala Awards Show.
“The British fashion school system has created an environment that drives young designers to try new ideas without feeling like they have to fit into a predetermined way of doing things,” says Christopher Bailey MBE, the first winner of what is now endowed as the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, 25 years ago. “It’s a very exciting environment to learn in”.
Graduate Fashion Week
1 Hanbury Street
Graduate Fashion Week is held at the Truman Brewery in the heart of East London.
TRAVELLING BY CAR?
The Old Truman Brewery has three public car parks. Charges are payable on the gate to the car park attendants. The car parks are open 7 days a week and manned 24 hours a day.
Please Note: Ely's Yard Car park will be closed for the duration of the event.
TRAVELLING BY COACH?
This year at GFW we will have a coach drop off point for large groups of attendees.
80 COMMERCIAL STREET
(outside of ‘CHAMPS HOSIERY’)
It is advisable to approach the drop of point from the north.
If you are approaching from the south, continue up commercial street to old street round about and return on the correct side of the road, the east side of the street.
Drop off is not available on Hanbury Street due to road dimensions and congestion.
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN OR TUBE?
Liverpool Street Station
Walking distance: 10 minutes
Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines and National Rail Services
Old Street Station
Walking distance: 15 minutes
Northern Line and National Rail Services
Shoreditch High Street Station
Walking distance: 5 minutes
Overground services to Dalston Junction, New Cross, Crystal Palace & West Croydon
Aldgate East Station
Walking distance: 10 minutes
District, Hammersmith & City Lines
South London 35, 47, 48, 78, 149
The City 26, 55, 242, 243, 388
TRAVELLING BY BUS?
West End 8, 55, 242
East London 8, 26, 48, 55, 57, 242, 388
Graduate Fashion Week
East London Works
75 Whitechapel Road
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity organisation founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to unify both UK and International universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries.
Showcasing the work of over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world, Graduate Fashion Week represents the future of creative design talent. Attracting 30,000 guests each June, the annual event features 22 catwalk shows, exhibitions from over 40 universities and an acclaimed Gala Award Show alongside a packed live talks and workshops schedule featuring leading names from the fashion industry.
An unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent, Graduate Fashion Week bridges the gap between graduation and employment and is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald.
"I do believe that British students are flourishing because you have the best education system in England that gives Art & Design students the freedom to think, to dream and to do." Alber Elbaz
Singer, TV Presenter, Fashion Designer and Member of the Board, Little Black Dress.
"I am extremely excited to be named as one of the first ever ambassadors of Graduate Fashion Week. The talent they nurture is vital to keeping the UK fashion industry cutting edge."
M.B.E. Fashion Commentator and Agent of Change; Professor of Diversity at Kingston University.
"Graduate Fashion Week, provides vital platform to market the innovations of post graduates to press and business. Our visionary thinkers have taken 3 years or more to examine important issues facing our industry such as design aesthetics, technology, sustainability, diversity and accountability. It’s these new perspectives and enhanced creativity from graduates that will refresh and educate those already in the field."
Founder and Creative Director, House of Holland.
"Graduate fashion week is an invaluable platform for all fashion graduates. We work in an incredibly competitive industry and the hardest part can be ensuring your work is seen by the right people. Graduate Fashion week is the platform that connects students with industry leaders and large companies, giving graduates the best possible start."
Founder, Style Bubble.
"Graduate Fashion Week has always been important for me to scout the next generation of fashion talent - not just in design, but also in photography, styling and media creation - so I'm very happy to take on the role as their ambassador."
Founder, Mandi’s Basement.
"Graduate Fashion Week has become a vital portal for graduates across the board. The synergy that emanates from their annual showcase is palpable. It’s an incredible exchange of ideas and resources as well as saluting next generation talent."
Senior Editor, Vogue Italia & Head of Vogue Talents.
"Our future is the new generation and GFW has an important role in future of talented designers. To be ambassador is a great honour and gives me the chance to meet a new wave of international creatives."
Professor of Fashion & Design, Kingston School of Art / Fashion Features Editor at Large, Rollacoaster magazine
'Over the years I have been fortunate to have been involved in GFW in a variety of roles from critic, consultant, mentor, judge and now Global Ambassador. It was therefore a delight to be commissioned to edit/curate a special one-off publication GFW25, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Graduate Fashion Week in June 2016. I was happy to discover that all the contributors involved, young and old alike, have shared the same hopes and desires along with a fundamental, unshakable love of fashion. Something I have learnt over the years is to expect the unexpected from the graduates, be it on or off the catwalks. GFW25 is intended to provide a glimpse of the enormous talent, fortitude and imagination that is to be found at the heart of Graduate Fashion Week. Along with a far-reaching overview of the event I was also keen to showcase on the pages the immensely inspiring creative endeavour involved in not only GFW but also the British Art School system that fuels it.'