Claire Tagg, the runner up for the GFW17 M&S Womenswear Award, has had an exciting few months. Since showing an artistic occasionwear collection comprised of classic silhouettes and sequins, the young designer has had the world at her feet
Amesh’s debut collection combines local craft with modern techniques to create free-flowing and loose fitting pieces, featuring distressed knit and floral prints. High waisted trousers and jumpsuits blurred the gender lines smoothly.
We caught up with Alannah Cooper, a star student from Graduate Fashion Week and the outstanding winner of our Fashion Photography award. Alannah fell in love with photography at the young age of 14 and has pursued her creative passion ever since.
Looking through the versatile collection’s textured, raw-edged, heavy duty pieces, it is easy to see a process of development and a story from the designer’s side. We spoke with Po-Chieh to learn more about his inspirations, and find out what went into his collection, the competition, and what it was like to win such a prestigious award.
It is safe to say that the last few months have been somewhat of a whirlwind for Sheffield Hallam graduate Hattie Crowther. Having clearly turned a number of the (right) heads at Graduate Fashion Week this year, subsequently picking up the ASOS Future Talent Award – she has now been approached by a number of the big names including Vivienne Westwood, Hunger Magazine and Cass Art.
It’s only been two months since Catherine Watts left Graduate Fashion Week, with two impressive awards in her hands, after captivating the judges with her childrenswear collection on our SmartFocus Catwalk. Catherine was announced the winner of the Mothercare Childrenswear Award as well as the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award, and is now working with the likes of Mothercare and Lenzing Materials. We caught up to discover what life has been like since Graduate Fashion Week, her thoughts on the experience and what the future holds for this exceptionally talented graduate.
Kate Clarke isn’t your average graduate. Having shown her collection on the SmartFocus Catwalk around a month ago, the Kingston alumni is about to pack her bags as she moves to Paris. Having previously interned with the likes of Sophie Hulme and French Connection - she has now been snapped up by one of the biggest fashion houses in the industry, Chanel. We sat down with Kate to discuss her excitement for the future and her time at Graduate Fashion Week:
For me London and GFW / International is at the heart of creativity and novelty but above all the fusion of the many cultures. It was an enormous honour to be able to show on that catwalk with so many graduates from different institutions.
Exactly the next day after coming back from London, I received a phone call from the human resources of Dolce and Gabbana, that Friday I had an interview with Mr Domenico Dolce himself and the following Wednesday I was already working in the menswear office.
Life after Graduate Fashion Week can get pretty excited- think your dream job, and then think bigger. We've been catching up with our alumni, to bring these inspirational career stories to light, to encourage you to keep putting in those late nights at the studio and to get you excited about #GFW17! We can't wait to kick off the workshops, catwalk shows and live talks in June.
Our most recent interview is with the Scottish born Morwenna Darwell, currently a junior designer at Gucci living in Rome, to find out about how opposites are sometimes the most complimentary, creativity and why you should update your linkedin. Like now.
After Graduate Fashion Week, our alumni go on to some amazing companies, and so we've been chatting with them to find out how to make the most out of GFW17, how to enter a seemingly intimidating industry and why you should never stop learning.
We spoke with Rachael Eustace, now a menswear designer at H&M in Stockholm, who showed her graduate collection in 2015.