A Fashion Promotion & Imaging graduate, Alec Mather explored various paths into the industry from menswear styling to events, before finding his niche in model booking. From connecting models with stylists, understanding how images are created through collaboration and progressing to Senior Agent, Alec is in the midst of an exciting career.
Tehmina Poghosyan, graduate of the Moscow based design school, traveled to London last summer to represent her institution at GFW17. We caught up with the designer to find out more about how the history of her culture has affected her creative work, the journey from student to head of design and why your personality should always shine through your pieces.
Dan Hanvey, Menswear Design Manager at Superdry, has spent a career experiencing the industry, exploring fresh ways to incorporate history and sub cultures into design whilst remaining inspired and generating new ideas. Treading the line between lifestyle and fashion, Dan has worked for FatFace, RipCurl and White Stuff. Having been at Superdry for seven years, we look back at how it all began...with Graduate Fashion Week!
Amy Vanderwal, emerging designer inspired by rebellious youth culture and mentored by Oliver Spencer, won a scholarship at GFW17 last June. Since then, the menswear graduate has been busy creating a collection to be released for Tu in Sainsbury's, learning that mistakes are a natural part of progression and why menswear is the most exciting element of the industry right now.
We caught up with the award winning emerging designer, to find out why she believes that peer reviews in a competitive industry will always be valuable, learn the process of looking to the past and the future for aesthetic inspiration and why fashion has the ability to access everyone, irrelevant of political preference or social standing.
From exploring new knitting techniques at university, to interning at the ethically conscious Missoni, Sophie Whatling has been taking steps into the industry since showcasing her Menswear collection at GFW17. The menswear collection created at Arts University Bournemouth captured attention at Graduate Fashion Week last summer, and it's not solely for the illustrative aesthetics.
The international aspect of Graduate Fashion Week, sees tens of international universities send one student to participate in the Swarovski International Catwalk Competition each year. With graduates from around the world, including Japan, USA and India, the show is an amalgamation of cultures, presenting the brightest in creative international talent.
Tom Bird-Jones, graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, currently holds the position of a design assistant at a large online retailer. We caught up with the GFW17 alumni to hear why he feels completing internships is crucial, how his student collection explored the notion of fairytales through heavily embellished and theatrical pieces and how elated he felt as being chosen to showcase at GFW17.
Mila Sullivan, alumni of Graduate Fashion Week and Pratt Institute, is the creative designer utilising and reinventing textiles, championing passion and sustainability. Now exploring the potential of collaboration, we caught up with the emerging designer to hear how she found working at Jill Stuart, and how she's avoiding boredom through the freelance life...
After graduating from Northumbria University, Leigh moved to San Francisco to begin a role with Old Navy. Leigh had the amazing opportunity to go and work for the company, where she is now an assistant designer for the conceptual theme. Leigh gave us the opportunity to catch up with her.
Irene D'Antonio's award winning collection found inspiration in the refinement of Japanese kimonos, translating ancient cultural references to nature into creative designs. After showing in Dubai as part of Fashion Forward Dubai, and completing a design position at M&S, Irene is now preparing to relocate to Japan.
We caught up with the emerging designer to learn more about her vision for the future of fashion, how integrating into an established design company works and how her award winning graduate collection has a mind of it's own.
Diana Aparo, womenswear designer and graduate from Academia di Costume & Moda in Rome, is inspired by literature and the abstract way of seeing life and movement. We caught up with the emerging designer to get the insight on her position at Marc Jacobs in New York as an Fabric Intern, the role of culture in her work and the empowerment she gained from university life.
Menswear designer, Poppy Russell who graduated from the Arts University in Bournemouth and participated in Graduate Fashion Week 2015 gave us the chance to catch up with her to find out where she is at now and how her design journey is going. Russell reflects on her time at University, her collection and the concept that inspired her.
This season, three Graduate Fashion Week Alumni, Claire Tagg, Amy Thomson and Maddie Williams, showcased their AW18 collections at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week.
We caught up with designer and alumni of Birmingham City University Elina Pagett, to find out about her aspiring journey since showcasing her beauty pageant inspired collection at GFW17. Now working as a designer for H&M in their home country of Sweden, Elina fills us in with all the wonderful opportunities that encouraged and assisted her move to Stockholm, and beginning a career in her dream role.
Three talented Graduate Fashion Week Alumni, Claire Tagg, Amy Thompson and Maddie Williams, are showing with Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week this February!
Emily Clark, menswear designer and alumni of Kingston University, presented her capsule collection at Graduate Fashion Week as part of the Best of Show. Inspired by the colourful originality of Salvation Mountain in California, and with an aesthetic focused on graphic prints, Emily was coined as an particularly inventive emerging designer.
After spending time at Pylot ('I learnt to break the rules') and beginning many passion projects, That's What She Said stood out as particularly poignant, and is set to rapidly expand with the help of agency Revolt. Read on to hear more about Izzy's experiences at Salford University, advice for succeeding at GFW18 and why she adamantly follows the mantra, “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men” by Fredrick Douglass.
We caught up with Lian Poulson, a graduate from Carmarthen School of Art in South Wales to discuss her triumphs she has landed since showcasing her work at GFW17.
Harriet Eccleston, recent graduate of Northumbria University, showcased her designs at Graduate Fashion Week 2017. After being shortlisted for the Tu Scholarship award, the talented young designer has been awarded the Young Designer of the Year 2017 Award at the Midlands Fashion Awards! We caught up with Harriet to hear about her future plans, creative outlets and experiences in the industry so far.
Megan Davies, graduate of University of South Wales and winner of the Clarks Footwear Award at GFW17, garnered interest whilst showcasing her historically inspired designs to the 30,000 guests that head through Graduate Fashion Week each year.
We’ve caught up with Caroline Booth, Fashion Product Design graduate from NTU and winner of our GFW Fashion Marketing award this year! Caroline’s minimalistic designs and unquestionable branding lead her to scoop up the prize at Graduate Fashion Week, she has given us all the information on her incredible final year project and her experience of University.
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.