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In this week news, BBC new series explores the future of fashion, Fanny Bourdette-Donon shares her career journey, and Fashionista investigates natural beauty marketing claims, while Drapers presents optimistic view on waste in fashion retail.
Take a look behind the scenes of the GFW19 official photoshoot, which took place this week at the home of Graduate Fashion Week, the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch.
Fashioning the minds of emerging talent, the Graduate Fashion Foundation is thrilled to welcome back clothing brand George at Asda as Graduate Fashion Week’s Education Partner for the third consecutive year.
In this week news, top fashion figures share their tips on starting out as a creative, i-D discusses the changing culture around sexual harassment in the UK universities, and Stylist delivers advice on how to stop compulsive worrying.
There’s only two months to go until GFW19! Whether you’re a graduate showing your work, a 1st or 2nd year, or still in high school, there’s so much you can do to get yourself ready for the event. Make the most of GFW19 by following our GFW-approved to-do list.
We’re pleased to introduce the Tu Scholarship 2019 mentors who will guide and support the two winners throughout their year contract with Tu Clothing. The chosen graduates will each earn a mentorship with acclaimed designers Tamara and Natasha Surguladze from label Tata Naka, and returning mentors Rob Jones and Catherine Teatum from Teatum Jones.
In this week news, advice from fashion’s top designers on breaking into the industry on i-D, how to talk to your boss about your mental health, and why young women are reimagining the poetry landscape.
We’re thrilled to welcome Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI who is joining the GFF charity as a lifetime patron! An iconic figure in the fashion industry, Rhodes is celebrating her brand’s 50th year in spring 2019 and will be at GFW19 on the judging panel for the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award.
Iconic footwear brand Clarks is back for Graduate Fashion Week 2019, sponsoring the Clarks Footwear Award! They’re looking for creativity, innovation and boundary pushing design thinking in a competition that’s open to students from all disciplines in their final year at a GFF member university.
In this week news The Atlantic reports on expansion of plus-size options on high street, Alison Green shares her tips how to negotiate salary after job offer, and GirlBoss analyses what quarter-life crisis is, while i-D debates if a degree is necessary to have a job in fashion.
YKK — the global provider of fastening solutions for the creative industry — are back for GFW19, sponsoring the YKK Accessories Award as well as hosting an Instagram competition and exclusive offer for GFW member universities!
In this week news Louis Vuitton’s Michael Jackson inspired collection is facing backlash after ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary, i-D’s experts debate upon gendered red carpet, and all English secondary schools and NHS patients will receive free sanitary products, while the conversation about offensive designs in the fashion industry is gaining momentum.
Morgan Lankester is a third year fashion communications and promotion student at Nottingham Trent University, who alongside her studies, is a course representative. She shares with us 5 lesser known facts about studying fashion communications.
Norwich University of the Arts student Megan Grinham has been unveiled as the winner of the BBC Children in Need x George competition.
In this week news founder of Find Your Intern Jasmine MacPhee shares her internship tips, The Cut discuss financial advice for freelancers and Alyssa Mastromonaco from GirlBoss gets real about the career advice.
Where once, sustainability was something of a side line, these days it is rapidly becoming a main event, argues GFF trustee Hilary Alexander.
In this week’s news, the shortlist for LVMH Prize is announced, the Guardian discusses racial insensitivity in fashion industry after Burberry’s noose hoodie and Fashion United is debating the sustainability of vegan fashion.
In this week’s news, the industry remembers designer Karl Lagerfeld, a new fashion studio assistant apprenticeship was announced during London Fashion Week, while Refinery 29 shares tips on how to succeed in a workplace as a woman and Harpers Bazaar discusses the mistreatment of models.
The heritage label weaves its Scottish heritage through the AW19 offering in a thoroughly modern manner, which is sure to resonate with its followers.
In this week’s news, editors discuss recent staff layoffs in digital media, milliner Stephen Jones shares his legacy with Another Magazine, whilst Refinery29 and GirlBoss present us with practical career advice.
In this week’s news, editors discuss recent staff layoffs in digital media, milliner Stephen Jones shares his legacy with Another Magazine, whilst Refinery29 and GirlBoss present us with practical career advice.
After 3 successful years, the Graduate Fashion Week Tu Scholarship Programme is growing internationally to showcase the dynamic and global career path that Tu offers its designers.
In the news this week, prominent fashion educators weighed in on the future of the fashion school, the V&A museum unveiled the new Dior exhibition, while BoF republished a mental health guide .
Graduate Fashion Foundation is eager to announce the continuation of the successful Graduate Fashion Protégé Project for 2018/2019.
Eco-friendly fashion has been on the rise over the past few years. More fashion designers are becoming savvy to the increased demand in sustainable clothing, particularly among millennials. Established brands are turning their attention to creating new ethical clothing lines, and new brands are also emerging to compete.
Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week in association with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT), hosted an exclusive reception at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, celebrating their strong ties with leading industry experts, bringing together fashion’s brightest young graduate talent and key policy makers.
The Graduate Fashion Foundation charity is delighted to announce that from 12th – 16th November we will be running series of national masterclasses in partnership with Ralph Lauren. During the GFF tour we will be visiting five host universities and colleges across the UK and in total 20 Graduate Fashion Week member universities will have the opportunity to benefit from the advice and information presented.
The appointment of Louise Trotter as the Creative Director for Lacoste is revolutionary for the French brand. As the first female Creative Director in Lacoste’s 85-year history, expectations, for the new chapter she’s going to write, are high. Louise Trotter, will replace the Portuguese designer, Felipe Oliveira Baptista as leading the creative direction of the company. Trotter has big shoes to fill, as Oliveira Baptista his coined with establishing the popularity for the honoured Lacoste Polo.
Fashion has long held a bad reputation for its whitewashed runways. But thankfully ethnically diverse model casting has been at the forefront of the agenda for some time now and the value of diversity is increasingly being recognised. There is a lot more visibility for Black models, but for other Black people within the industry– not so much. Yet the industry thrives from having ethnically diverse figures, because they contribute alternative perspectives to fashion - making it more creative, inclusive and more varied.
Our ambassador Christopher Raeburn is known for his sustainable ethos and ethical credentials. Having always focused on his Remade collection, the designer has now announced a community building project, that teaches his customers the skills of repairing, and offers the chance to meet similarly like minded people.
Fashion From Nature, the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day, is currently on at the Victoria & Albert museum in Central London. The Graduate Fashion Week team attended a conference surrounding the exhibition on Friday, to learn more about the ethical ethos behind the exhibition, and why the prestigious museum commissioned a forward thinking project focused on design.
House of Holland SS19 related to the women of London. Any woman who has been in a rush, run out of time to dry their hair or felt they had to touch up their makeup on the tube can be held responsible for inspiring this collection. The suitably named ‘Pull in Emergency’ showcase paraded Henry Holland’s response to the London girl aesthetic; attitudes, cultures and mind sets alongside, obvious urban sportswear and 1980s influences.
Leopard: Fashion’s Most Powerful Print, published by Laurence King in October 2018, is the definitive collection of all things leopard as told by award winning journalist and GFW trustee Hilary Alexander OBE. Leopard examines the enduring appeal of fashion’s most perennial print, as Hilary explores the meaning behind the vibrant patterns in her first ever book.
#TagYourTalent is a weekly competition, seeking to highlight talented final year students from our member universities, as they create their final collections. We want to see your journey from week one to #GFW19, with images of your studio, films of the loom at work and #BTS of your photoshoots. You can post any image that you like, and a winner will be selected each week. The winner will be awarded £50 for their efforts!
During London Fashion Week, Richard Quinn, the designer that skyrocketed to fame after the Queen sat front row, took a new approach. With high expectations following his AW18 show, Quinn used his front row to positively protest against the current governments policies regarding changes to fashion in education.
Johnstons of Elgin showcased new cutting edge lightweight textiles and knit innovations with their SS19 collection during London Fashion Week at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Johnstons of Elgin is a Scottish cashmere brand with a woollen mill in Elgin, especially concerned with the preservation of traditional craft, and ensuring the conservation of special and increasingly rare skills.
Recently, the quirky accessories, stationary and gift brand Caroline Gardner, filled their window in Marylebone with the designs of talented and creative designers from GFW18, Lucie Sperry and Penny Gibbs.
Saskia Lenearts, winner of the first ever Considered Design Award at GFW18, recently went behind the scenes at the Johnstons of Elgin textile mill in Elgin, Scotland. Saskia took us round with her on our instagram, where we were witness to the extensive yarn store complete with over 6500 shades in the colour library, the clock tower and the warping and weaving departments!
The final show, the scuttling to seats, the whispers of excitement, it must be the Gala Show. The most prestigious catwalk of the 4-day event revealed multiple designs, styles and techniques fashioned into the selected designers collections.
The Swarovski International Fashion Award Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, featured 51 different graduates, from universities all around the world. From Japan, Taiwan and India to Sri Lanka, Australia and America, the inspirations and concepts for the designs were diverse.
Each year, we recognise the most inventive and artistic university stand design, taking into account limitations such as financial resources, the visitors experience and the management of the stand itself, including the maintenance by staff and students alike.
Through 2017-18 we have seen a dramatic rise in the catwalk being used as a space for protest. From Public School standing against Trump in their AW17 show to Vivienne Westwood showing a fashion film with an underlying Brexit theme in place of a catwalk at her 2018 London Fashion Week Men’s show, protest has been a talking point for fashion. Political challenges shone through in many of the collections we had the chance to view at GFW18, indicating that the catwalk will continue to be a stage for creatives to express their political opinions through their art.
Here at Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind the Graduate Fashion Week event every June, we're committed to supporting new fashion talent and GFW alumni throughout their careers in the industry. As part of this ethos, we teamed up with Pure London this weekend, to showcase selected graduates designs on their stage.
For the second year running, we partnered with SmartFocus, the Digital Messaging Cloud, to give you a voice and the chance to award your favourite designer with an iPad and the opportunity to showcase at the GFW Houses of Parliament event in November.
Whilst the SmartFocus catwalk welcomes the conceptual final collections created by graduates from around the world, the guests that come to see the portfolios have an inventive style of their own. GFW18 saw some uniquely styled guests, expressing their identities through their clothing choices.
Behind the scenes of the unique and inspiring event that celebrates student and graduates’ talents each year, there is an incredibly talented and hardworking digital team whose role is to create and share all the catwalk and backstage insights on Graduate Fashion Week’s digital platforms.
During Graduate Fashion Week 2018, we welcomed many ambassadors, experts and industry professionals, to see the work of graduates from around the UK and the world. Caryn Franklin MBE, is a Fashion Commentator and Agent of Change, and a Professor of Diversity at Kingston University. We caught up with Caryn to hear what she thought about the 27th edition of the largest showcase of graduate talent in the world!
Swarovski, principle sponsor of Graduate Fashion Week 2018, held a popular stand during the event. Whilst with us, Dax Lovegrove, Vice President of Sustainability at Swarovski, spoke with our team- find out why they put sustainability at the core of their practises.
The YKK Showroom is a unique resource and platform for emerging designers, students and customers. With the showroom based in the heart of Shoreditch, visitors can get the chance to speak to industry professionals, have instant access to YKK’s latest products, catalogues and collections and purchase limited edition items and samples.
We were proud to welcome Superdry to Graduate Fashion Week for the first time this June, with many job roles available on their stand, a new award and an informative conversation with Siri MacDonald in the GFW Live! talk space. From influencer takeovers to insightful masterclasses, find out what Superdry got up to at GFW18!
Vivienne Westwood is the activist, punk and designer that has been revolting against the norm since the eighties. As one of our Lifetime Patrons, the iconic British creative was the perfect match to lend her name to an award we created in 2013, to recognise the growing need for sustainable design. In 2016 the award transformed from the Ethical Award to the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award.
Graduate Fashion Week have partnered up with Smart Focus, global leaders in digital marketing for another year to present the competition of the People’s Choice Award. The SmartFocus Catwalk Hall hosted 26 catwalks during the four-day event early this June.
In the months before Graduate Fashion Week 2018, designers were spending their days and evenings working in their university studios, preparing for the catwalk and creating pieces that represent their ideas and passions. Before GFW18 begun, we collaborated with many brands to offer competitions, and the designers shortlisted in the Lenzing Sustainable Denim Competition, are the pioneers of tomorrow. Find out more about their work here.
The prestigious Christopher Bailey Gold Award, named after the first winner of the award in 1992, Christopher Bailey, was awarded to Rebecca Wilson of Arts University Bournemouth, her menswear, womenswear and childrenswear collection.
The final show of the Graduate Fashion Week 4 day event just revealed the winners of the 18 awards up for grabs by the sponsors of the event.
The SmartFocus People's choice is live! Make sure to vote for your favourite looks from Graduate Fashion Week 2018! Extending its relationship with the globally celebrated annual design showcase for the 2nd year, SmartFocus will be hosting 26 catwalks during the four-day event within the ‘SmartFocus Catwalk Hall.
The Best of Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2018 housed many friendly faces to the organisation
Mary Portas led a talk with interviewer Helen, Head of Marketing at TU.
The International Fashion Award Show, sponsored by Swarovski was an incredible display of exceptional craftmanship and innovation from graduates across the world.
In this GFW Live! talk by Adidas Originals, Adidas Marketing Consultant, Gary Aspden discusses Manchester culture.
The British Model Oliver Cheshire discussed his career and work with M&S with Freelance Journalist, Stylist and Author Alex Fullerton.
The Considered Design Showcase featured chosen graduate’s collections alongside a Q&A with 5 industry experts.
With over 150 years of experience and tradition teaching within the Art and Design spheres UCA’s reputation speaks for itself.
Hilary Alexander introduced her guest Mark Heyes to the talk, greeted with cheers and applause from the audience.
The UCA EPSOM catwalk showed a diverse display of colour and pattern, demonstrating their individuality and a high level of visual communication skill.
In this GFW Live! talk Eric Underwood discussed his time as a ballet dancer, how his career progressed into modelling and his future endeavours within the fashion industry.
The Fashion and Textiles programme at the University of Brighton offers thriving, well-established courses in Fashion Design, Textile Design and Fashion Communication.
In this GFW Live! talk three members of the Clarks team discussed how insight influences Clark’s seasonal collection.
In this GFW Live! Talk by TU, the winner of 2017’s TU Menswear Scholarship, Amy Vanderwal and Fashion Designer, Oliver Spencer joined Graduate Fashion Week’s Managing Director, Martyn Roberts to discuss working alongside an established British Fashion Designer and what the award meant for her career.
The Royal School of Needlework showcased an impressive exhibition of exceptional embroidery and needlework.
With two days gone and now only two days left of GFW18, there is no time to waste to make sure you do not miss our incomparable array of fashion talent. There are still a diverse range of talks, catwalk shows, presentations and more.
Hilary Alexander OBE explored the early life and beginning of Orla Kiely’s career in a conversation at the last talk of the day.
What was meant to be a way to fund ski adventures rapidly became a popular high street brand appealing to all.
Laura Gillings, Women’s wear design assistant for TU at Sainsbury’s, joins Martyn Roberts to discuss life after she graduated, how GFW helped her career and the recent TU collections in this GFW Live! Talk.
Former Creative Director at Calvin Klein, Franciso Costa joins Hilary Alexander OBE to discuss what it takes to land a job in one of the world’s leading luxury brands.
CEO & founder of Fashion Roundtable, Tamara Cincik chairs the panel talk on ethnic representation in the fashion industry
Sheffield Hallam University help their students to work on real projects with employers whilst studying as well as having lecturers with industry backgrounds.
London Beauty Artists are industry experts and educators attending big events such as London Fashion.
The influencers, Sandra Haglestam, also known as 5 Inches and Up, Victoria Magrath, also known as In The Frow and model and influencer, Emma Breschi joined Hunger’s Emma Firth to discuss what it takes to be internationally successful in the GFW Live! talk.
With day one of GFW having flown past already, we are already seeing the amazing and emerging talent that our graduates have been creating the past year! There will be plenty more catwalk shows and talks you will not want to miss.
University of East London started the catwalk off with a presentation video with titled “I’ll show you what woman is,” followed with videos of women throughout history. The audience were captivated by this show, with the volume loud with cheers and applauding welcoming each graduate’s designs to the SmartFocus Catwalk. Rock music, accompanied by a fast pace and toe tapping, kept the electric atmosphere alive throughout the multiplicity of work showcased this evening.
Its 60th year, Fashion at Northumbria University, is renowned for its innovative courses and strong links in the fashion industry. With an award winning building with excellent workshops, placements for students in the industry are implemented in the UK, US, Europe and Asia.
The world’s first super-model and 60s icon, Twiggy joined Hilary Alexander OBE to discuss her life in fashion in the GFW Live! talk by M&S.
Head of Womenswear and Accessories design at John Lewis, Iain Ewing discussed Fast Fashion and how to stick to a clear design idea in the GFW Live! talk by John Lewis.
GFW Alumni and Head of Superdry Womenswear Design, Siri MacDonald joined Hilary Alexander OBE to discuss all things Superdry and career pathways in the GFW Live! talk space.
Sustainability was a hot topic in GAP INC GFW Live! talk on designing for American Heritage Brands. They aspire to create a sustainable brand and taking steps to move in this direction. Find out more.
Menswear blogger, Sam Marvin joined Boohoo Man’s design manager, Shane Chin to discuss all things trends, inspiration and office life in the GFW Live! talk by Boohoo.
The first catwalk show at Graduate Fashion Week started off with cheers from the audience, whilst the graduate’s designs captivated the audience.
The 27th year of Graduate Fashion Week is here! We cannot wait to show you what incredible shows, influential talks and exciting exhibitions day one has to offer.
With GFW starting tomorrow, the excitement is sky high knowing there is only 4 days until our Gala Award Show. The Gala Award show finishes off our four days of a fashion spectacular with students from our member universities winning life changing awards.
Leading lifestyle brand FatFace have partnered with Graduate Fashion Week to shine the spotlight on the next generation of design talent, as part of their 30th birthday celebrations.
The Boys by Girls Styling and Photography Competition gave two students, one stylist and one photographer, the opportunity to work with Cecilie Harris, Editor-in-Chief of Boys by Girls, on a shoot to be published on the female gaze focused magazine! We're pleased to say that the imagery produced on this photoshoot, has now been released! Check out the appealing and beautiful images below, or over on the Boys by Girls website.
Considered Design Showcase, with the graduate winner receiving £750 and an additional £250 for the winning university. The award recognises a student’s outstanding specific contribution to a range of pertinent ethical or societal issues relating to fashion design which include a range of factors from diversity, ethics of manufacturing and the environmental impacts on fabric and material choice.
For the first time ever, we are taking over the second floor of Truman Brewery, to hold a 'Second Floor Showcase'! There will be lots to do and see from exhibitions to presentations with influences and work from all over the world. The second floor exhibition will be showcasing work all four days of GFW from university displays to recruitment advice and is definitely not worth missing! See what's on below.
Graduate Fashion Week is renowned for celebrating the diversity and expanding talent of fashion institutions globally. GFW not only showcases design students work in the form of catwalks, but also praises the inventive talents from courses such as print, weaving, photography, journalism, graphics and more.
As we move into a digital era, with social media becoming more prominent and influential in the industry, we're pleased to announce that we're appointing Digital Ambassadors! With support from Stylists, Journalists and Activists, we're excited to extend the ethos of Graduate Fashion Week beyond the annual event in Truman Brewery and into the digital sphere.
It is officially less than two weeks until GFW18 which means little time left to prepare all of the last minute’s essentials. We have combined and provided some top tips and tricks to guarantee you utilise all of the benefits from our exhibition extravaganza. Remember, GFW18 is there to ease the transition from education to employment, so make sure to speak to everyone, attend all the talks and really make the most out of the experience!
Each year, the GFW Live! Talk Space becomes host to numerous workshops, talks and demonstrations form industry experts. With an interdisciplinary approach, the topics range from the power of the influencer, conversations with iconic model Twiggy to London Beauty Artists and 'Survive and Thrive' a two part workshop on emotional intelligence with Professor Caryn Franklin MBE.
GFW18 is fast approaching with now less than two weeks to go! Through campaigns such as #FeatureFriday, we've been able to see beyond the walls of a university studio to see the provocative, original and artistic designs that have been created and explored this year.
With over 30 awards at GFW18, from design, stands and marketing, we're focused on recognising those with an outstanding ability from across the different fashion disciplines. The most prestigious of these awards, is the Christopher Bailey Gold Award- won by the designer for the first time in 1991.
This year sees new brands flock to support Graduate Fashion Week the largest showcase of BA talent in the world, and the emerging young talent it represents. Ralph Lauren, John Lewis, Johnstons of Elgin, Tessuti and Size? are the latest leading retailers to get involved in the four-day event that aims to bridge the gap between graduation and employment, joining the likes of George, SmartFocus, ASOS, Boohoo, L’Oréal Professionnel, Bonmarche, Mothercare, Gap Inc., YKK and Boux Avenue.
Here at Graduate Fashion Week, we not only have UK based institutions, but many from around the globe! Our International Fashion Award Show this year takes place on Wednesday 6th June in the Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, and features over 50 international universities, from Australia, USA, China, Russia and more.
Finnish-born Sandra Haglestam, the creative behind 5 inch and up, has been in the fashion industry since graduating from London College of Fashion, having moved to London 9 years ago. The Content Creator and Actress recently participated in the GFW18 Talent of Tomorrow Campaign, styling the wares of Teresa Lee from Manchester School of Art.
As we strive to be at the forefront of an inclusive industry, for GFW18's Talent of Tomorrow Campaign, we worked with influencers from all walks of life, representing our audience and values through our campaign imagery. We're proud to work with pioneers, those at the forefront of movements fighting for positive fashion.
Now in our 27th year, we continue to bring the latest innovative and exciting emerging talent to the world’s attention, showcasing the fashion innovators of tomorrow with a four-day event in London on the 3rd - 6th June 2018.
Here at Graduate Fashion Week, we not only have UK based institutions, but many from around the globe. Our International Fashion Award Show this year takes place on Wednesday 6th June in the Truman Brewery, Shoreditch.
Ahead of GFW18, beginning on 3rd June 2018, at the Truman Brewery Shoreditch, we brought together influencers and models to shoot graduate collections. With many creative and inventive designs from across the UK and from our International Universities, the calibre of design talent continues to improve year on year.
Recently, Graduate Fashion Week took part in the TASK PR press day in Central London! Our stand included the creative portfolios of soon-to-be graduates, the designs of students from our member universities and a film educating the media in attendance of the largest showcase of BA graduate talent in the world! Whilst the inventive pieces were available, many of the media wore the garments for a streetstyle shoot.
We are so pleased to announce that along with Nadja Swarovski joining Graduate Fashion Foundation as an International Lifetime Patron, the world-renowned crystal company will provide 28 crystal trophies for the award winners at the prestigious Gala Award Show, and supported a new Swarovski Sustainable Accessories Competition showcasing upcycled crystal!
We are proud to announce our continued partnership with Tu for the third year running. Following the success of previous years, the 2018 partnership will see both a Womenswear and Menswear graduate receive a year-long scholarship within the Tu design team in Coventry. The lucky graduates will embark on a mentorship with acclaimed British designers Oliver Spencer, who joins for a second year running as menswear mentor, and Teatum Jones who join for the first time, mentoring for womenswear.
With a life goal of eating pizza in every country, Turkish Cypriot blogger Teral Atilan, is the lifestyle blogger that approaches fashion and travel, often together. Noting her blog as a way to feel more confident, meet people and showcase her love of clothing and styling, her once university application blog has expanded rapidly.
Paris based, Vogue Australia Contributor, Jiawa Liu recently travelled from the city of lights to London, to participate in the GFW18 campaign photoshoot. From rebellion to London's eclectic aesthetic, Jiawa has a refreshing perspective on the fashion industry, dismantling the idea that a career path has a set chronology.
Marques Emmanuel, self described fashion superhero & creative astronaut, recently wore the clothes of this years graduating class atop the roof of The Truman Brewery.
On Friday afternoon, the shortlisted candidates for the Lenzing Sustainable Denim Competition were invited to Blackhorse Lane Atelier in Walthamstow to attend a series of talks and workshops designed to educate in the production of denim and sustainable materials.
On Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April, we took part in the Task PR AW18 press day at the Oui Rooms on Great Titchfield Street, London. Alongside many other brands such as Joules, ASH and Iphoria, were collections created by our member universities graduating class!
As an industry renowned for its glamour, the world of fashion manufacturing is ironically far from that. Society’s obsession with fast-paced trends has triggered an environmental, social and economic whirlpool of issues.
Graduate Fashion Week is proud to announce that British department store Debenhams will partnering with the charity for the third year running for 2018. The retailer which introduced designer collaborations to the high street will bring an exciting roster of visiting Fashion Designers to the event including LFW’s award winning Richard Quinn.
This week marks the annual Fashion Revolution Week, from the 23rd- 29th April 2018. The global campaign calls for more fashion supply chains, both high street and designer, from Primark to Marc Jacobs to seek better workers standards and a more sustainable future. Fashion Revolution ask you to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand a greater transparency in the fashion chain.
Char Ellesse, Model, Art Director and Instagram 'Influencer' recently styled pieces from students at our member universities at the GFW18 Campaign Photoshoot on the roof of The Truman Brewery. Having been featured in Weekday campaigns, and recently signed by Wilhelmina models, Char is an emerging creative, fighting for visibility and representation across the industry.
We are so pleased to announce that iconic fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, and Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation, Nadja Swarovski will be joining the charity this April 2018 as International Lifetime Patron's!
Yesterday marked the GFW18 campaign photoshoot, featuring influencers and professional models, wearing collections created by this years graduating class. With pieces from Northumbria University, Plymouth College of Art, University of East London and many many more, the culmination of different universities made for a creative exploration of talent heading to GFW18!
Graduate Fashion Week is pleased to announce that British high-street retailer Marks & Spencer will be the joint principle partner of the charity for the third year running, sponsoring the acclaimed Womenswear Award.
We're proud to announce that global denim and apparel brand Levi’s® is partnering with Graduate Fashion Week in 2018 , sponsoring the long-established Vivienne Westwood Ethical and Sustainable Award alongside introducing a new Graduate Talent Programme!
Playful designer and GFW Global Ambassador Henry Holland, is known for his ironic take pop culture with slogans such as 'Get Your Freak On, Giles Deacon' and 'Cause Me Pain, Heidi Slimane'. We caught up with Henry at the FatFace competition judging, to find out what informed his choice, why he supports emerging graduate talent and why he's concerned that fashion needs to be aware that political movements aren't trends...
Amy Thomson is an emerging designer, with a penchant for pink candy floss tones and hand illustration. With naivety working as a central concept in informing the playful pieces, Amy has shown with Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week since graduating from Leeds Arts University and showcasing at GFW17.
This is the last week for the chance to enter our Lenzing Sustainable Denim Competition for the chance to win £1000 for yourself and £500 for your university!
Today was judging day of the FatFace Graphic T-shirt Competition. With over a hundred entries there was a lot of fantastic work to be looked it. The judging panel consisted of esteemed Journalist, Hilary Alexander OBE and creative British designers Holly Fulton, Christopher Raeburn and Henry Holland.
We are excited to announce that leading lifestyle clothing retailer FatFace are sponsoring the charity for the very first time, running a competition that will see four winning students’ designs sold across FatFace stores nationwide.
Each year GFW celebrates the incredible creative talent of fashion students all over the country, and internationally too. Not only do we celebrate student talent during GFW, we also commend inventive artists throughout the year.
Today all over the world, International Women’s Day is being celebrated! Here at Graduate Fashion Week, we want to share our acknowledgement of our thoughts on the importance of today, especially within the fashion industry.
We’re excited to announce that one of our members, Arts University Bournemouth, has been awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for their BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design program. The prize was awarded for ‘distinguished degree level education in costume design for the UK’s leading creative industries’
We're proud to announce that renowned British brand Superdry is partnering for the first time, sponsoring a new award: The Superdry Outerwear Award.
In celebration of World Book Day, the Graduate Fashion Week team have been reflecting on their favourite books! From novels inspired by paintings in the National Portrait Gallery to magazines that provide page after page of inspiration, we've been thinking about our favourite reads.
Here at Graduate Fashion Week, we have launched three exciting competitions that you are able to enter! We have teamed up with Fatface, Lectra and Lenzing to bring to you three amazing awards with fabulous prizes.
winner Amy Vanderwal visited the TU studio to introduce her new collection. The yet to be released collection features heavy prints, and large check’s continuing Amy’s punk theme, and colour palette from her graduate collection.
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.
Throughout 2017 fashion dove head first into the powerful trend of adding political context to shows and collections. Public School’s Fall/Winter collection stood against the newly elected President Donald Trump by recreating his “Make America Great Again” merchandise, Anniesa Hasibuan’s show only featured models in hijabs to oppose Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’, and Prabal Gurung’s collection presented a variety of feminist slogans including “The Future is Female” and “Revolution has no Borders”.
Recently, we ran a social media competition, offering the opportunity to win tickets to the Christopher Bailey's final show as Creative Director at Burberry. Four students from the University of Rochester were the lucky winners of the tickets, and accompanied by Managing and Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts, headed to the rainbow themed show on Saturday 17th February.
The LGBTQ+ community has an integral part to play within the fashion industry. Some of the world's leading designers and most well known brands are run by creative directors who identify as LGBTQ+ and these names may be much more obvious than we assume.
Here at Graduate Fashion Week, we are offering the chance for you and a friend win one of our Limited Edition, 25th Anniversary books! The book contains a limited edition signed Christopher Bailey illustration for you and a friend.
Graduate Fashion Week 2018 is fast approaching and we're looking back to the most creative looks backstage, in anticipation of the styling and beauty looks designed backstage, here at the most inventive looks from last years event!
In celebration of LGBTQ+ history month, we've teamed up with writer Georgia Gadsby to highlight the huge contribution the community has made to fashion, from influencers, to fashion films and icons.
The first in this series is 'Five Female LGBTQ+ Fashion Voices You Should Be Following' below! Check back every Friday in February to read more about the journey the LGBTQ+ community has taken through the industry in this celebratory series.
Three talented Graduate Fashion Week Alumni, Claire Tagg, Amy Thompson and Maddie Williams, are showing with Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week this February!
This weekend, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Scout & Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts visited Rome. Where Martyn visited Accademia Costume & Moda, to meet the students whom could potentially showcase in our international catwalk show. He spoke to the students and saw the innovative showcases of their work.
At the beginning of 2018, fashion communication students at Brighton University were preparing for a new term of creative work, creating and designing magazines that explore the limits of fashion publishing. After printing copies of six magazines, Neighbour, Breach, Outof, Voix, Unco, and Strip, the emerging writers, editors and publishers took to the Magazine Shop in Brighton, to decorate their window and sell the magazines as part of the thriving independent industry in Brighton & Hove.
On Wednesday the 17th January, GFW Alumni and winner of the TU Womenswear scholarship 2017, Laura Gillings, visited the TU clothing studio to introduce her stunning collection. The collection presents garments featuring Laura’s hand drawn prints, striped garments designed with ruffles to display a disorganised effect and statement slogans.
We held our first American showcase in New York on Tuesday, partnering with SmartFocus the Digital Messaging Cloud. We worked closely with major brands and publications during the trip, to highlight 27 years of work with fashion's next generation.
At this time in the academic year, weeks can become blurs that look vaguely like the inside of a studio but mostly like development work and final-year-collection stress. Whatever your fashion discipline, sometimes taking a step back and reconnecting with the wider world of fashion, art, textiles and photography, can give the energetic inspirational encouragement that you need to keep working.
One award that begun five years ago and has quickly risen to become one of the most sought after titles for young designers, is the LVMH prize. The LVMH Group- Louis Vuitton, Moet, Hennessy a luxury goods company working alongside 60 subsidiaries of prestigious global brands are hosting the LVMH Prize for the fifth year running.
We're so excited to announce that we're heading to New York, for our first American showcase! Partnering with SmartFocus, the Digital Messaging Cloud, Managing and Creative Director of GFW Martyn Roberts and Industry Trustee Hilary Alexander OBE, will be attending two major events aimed to highlight and showcase the work of Graduate Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week Mens 2018 runs from 6th - 8th January, and with many exciting London based emerging designers participating, we’re more than excited to see the menswear talent on show. To celebrate the most innovative talent, we’ve compiled a list of three unmissable shows and presentations, that are sure to make waves across the menswear sector.
The next Graduate Fashion Week masterclass is held by GFW Managing and Creative Director Martyn Roberts and renowned British Fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE the 10th of November at Edinburgh University.
Yesterday evening Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week in association with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT), hosted an exclusive reception at the Houses of Parliament, celebrating their strong ties with leading industry experts, bringing together fashion’s brightest young graduate talent and key policy makers.
Marks & Spencer have combined their in house expertise with young design talent, to produce a collection of exclusive evening wear pieces. The collaborative collection consists of 11 pieces with creative prints and classic silhouettes. Claire Tagg, runner up at GFW17, has created a collaborative collection with the experts at M&S, and it's available to buy now.
Graduate Fashion Week's Managing and Creative Director Martyn Roberts and renowned British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE held a masterclass at University the Brighton on 3rd November.
The exclusive House of Parliament reception is an annual event hosted by Graduate Fashion Week in partnership with UK Fashion and Textiles Association (UKFT). The event will be held at The Riverside Terrace, Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 14th November to celebrate and support the best talent from 2017 and, to launch GFW 2018.
Graduate Fashion Week is going global, are we're thrilled to announce that thirteen of our graduates will be showcasing their inspiring collections in Dubai for Fashion Forward 2017.
Graduate Fashion Week isn't just an exciting event that takes place at the end of the university year- we have several initiatives that run all year round in order to support our graduates through the transition between student life and being part of an international industry.
We are so excited to announce the launch of The Protégé Project for GFW. A scheme especially designed to support the award winners of the Graduate Fashion Week event that we host each June. The protégé project was created to aid our graduates as they enter the industry.
On Wednesday 11th October, GFW Managing and Creative Director Martyn Roberts and former British Fashion Journalist of the Year and freelancer Hilary Alexander OBE held a Graduate Fashion Week masterclass at Northumbria University.
This year at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week, showcased three of our Graduate Fashion Week alumni's pieces. The designs were in full view along the red carpet entrance to the Gallery catwalk in Freemasons' Hall. Each designer had mannequins displaying their work through the exciting event!
Every year, Graduate Fashion Week celebrates the most extraordinary talents from UK and around the world, ushering them into spotlight as they take home the most prestigious awards given to graduates in fashion.
UKFT rolls out manufacturing masterclasses across five UK universities as part of the Made It campaign with Marks and Spencer.
Located in the heart of Rome, the Accademia Costume & Moda for over 50 years has homed a number of students for both undergraduate, and master courses of many subjects. Combining history, theory, and craftsmanship into their studies, Accademia Costume & Moda prepares their students for the future world that they go into, whether fashion or costume design, media and marketing, or accessory design.
Ahead of pride celebrations in Brighton this weekend, Boohoo man have released a special collection in honour of the LGBTQ+ rights celebration in collaboration with activist and creative Philip Normal.
It was inspiring to see such a refreshing take on menswear at Graduate Fashion Week 2017. Almost every university showcased a men’s collection, but several graduates stood out by challenging the conventional ideas of menswear, using ‘feminine silhouettes’ and fabrics like silk, lace and sheer fabrics. We also saw a more diverse selection of models, with Ellen Fowles’ collection modelled entirely by older men at the Ravensbourne show.
We would like to say a big thank you to our partners Design-Surgery, for providing the mannequins used during GFW Live! and the Swarovski International Exhibition. All of their mannequins reflect today’s body shapes and incorporate a number of useful aids. Every one of them is made by hand using traditional methods and recycled materials.
It was wonderful to see so many graduates using fashion to take on meaningful topics that are important to them. Some designers were more direct with their social justice statements. Lauren Sian Black from Liverpool John Moores University, sent one of the models down the catwalk carrying a bright yellow sign saying ‘Black Lives Matter’, with one of the tops featuring Eric Garner’s final words ‘I can’t breathe’. Her menswear collection showed a clear stance of support for the international activist movement which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
It was a pleasure to welcome back the amazing L’Oreal Professionnel team at Graduate Fashion Week and to have L’Oreal Professionnel as our official sponsors once again! Hair has always been an integral part of fashion and essential when creating a total look, so naturally hair stylists play a crucial role backstage at catwalk shows.
At the beginning of the last day of GFW 2017, we had senior professionals from Clarks talk to us the process of creating and crafting a shoe. Head of Evolution at Clarks Rosie McKissock led the talk through the intricate collaborative processes between senior designers Helen Richard-Rees, Christopher Anderson, and last maker Kerry Hooper behind Clark’s footwear products. Kerry even did a live demonstration of building a shoe from scratch -the audience were amazed at how fast and talented she is at her work.
After the huge success of the Gala Awards show, we are delighted to have some of our finalists show at 'Graduate Fashion Week Gala Roadshow’ this July! The bringing forth of graduate creativity doesn't stop when the Truman Brewery closes it's doors- we're dedicated to discovering and recognising the movers and revolutionary spirits emerging n the industry all year round.
Another day, another exciting line-up of GFW live! Talks at GFW 2017. The first talk took place in the morning with members of the buying team at BOOHOO. Sophie Rycroft (Lead Buyer) and Janine Smith (Head of Buying) shared insights into working as buyer within the competitive fashion industry. They shared the four qualities boohoo looks for in its buying staff: passion, agility, creativity, and teamwork. Despite the old cliché, Sophie and Janine insist that “passion for fashion” still is the fundamental element for success in the industry.
The votes for the People’s Choice Award ended on Sunday night and with just under 4,000 entries, we're really pleased to be able to announce the winner! This year's Graduate Fashion Week was filled to the brim with creative ingenuity, collections as platforms for making political points and expert craftsmanship.
We had an exciting selection of GFW Live! Talks on Monday 5th June with topics ranging from “The Art of Creative Catwalk Production”, to “Macro and Micro Trends that Influence the High Street”, as well as helping everyone to “Get Dream Job Ready”.
The Swarovski International Catwalk Competition took place on the final day of GFW and the audience spent the afternoon eagerly anticipating the winner announcement. As is always the case, it was difficult to bestow the award upon just one young designer, as the 32 university strong show, was refreshing, energetic and eye opening.
From an interview with creative and managing director of Graduate Fashion Week, Martyn Roberts, to behind the scenes tutorials with 3ina and London Beauty Artists, there was a lot to Graduate Fashion Week 2017 that you haven't seen yet...
The first day of GFW 2017 kicked off with Where Are They Now? A talk where GFW Alumnus Hazel Symmons (winner of 2016 Christopher Bailey Gold Award) and Genevieve Devine (winner of 2016 Tu Womenswear Scholarship) sat down with us to talk about their ventures post Graduate Fashion Week. Both graduates have been busy with the challenging process of establishing their identities in fashion, however, both ladies reflected at their journeys with gratitude, especially Genevieve, who had great fun releasing her capsule collection for TU with British Designer Holly Fulton as mentor.
Yan Ting Kwok from Norwich University of Arts was announced as the winner of the Little Black Dress Celebrity Gown Competition, live at Graduate Fashion Week. Alesha Dixon named Miss Ting Kwok the recipient of the award and the Britain’s Got Talent Judge will wear Yan’s dress to a high-profile red carpet or TV event.
Every year, Graduate Fashion Week celebrates the most extraordinary talents from UK and around the world, ushering them into spotlight as they take home the most prestigious awards given to graduates in fashion.
This year, our judges couldn’t help but notice one graduate in particular for her work’s impeccable visual impact and originality- Halina North from Edinburgh College of Art, whose womenswear collection won both the Christopher Bailey Gold Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award in partnership with Swarovski!
We know the rest of the UK is caught up with a different voting process at the moment, but here at Graduate Fashion Week we would love you to exercise your right to a voice one more time!
For the first time, in partnership with SmartFocus, we're hosting a People's Choice Award! Many of the collections that hit the catwalk during #GFW17 were absolutely astounding, and we feel that it's time to recognise collections outside of the experts favourite.
The Best Of Show happens every year on the last day of Graduate Fashion Week, where the best collections from the whole week, across both UK and International universities, gather on one stage. Top industry and media members and professionals fight for the show’s tickets as it truly condenses GFW’s vast talents into its most concentrated, elite few.
Gok Wan sits down with a panel of industry experts and spills secrets to our graduates about the fashion industry, with TU at Sainsbury's
We sit down with M&S to talk about making fashion sustainable in today's industry
The lucky 25 shortlisted graduates exhibited their collections on our SmartFocus catwalk in the The Best of GFW Show
We catch up with Nina Marenzi, Head and Founder of The Sustainable Angle to talk about the Future of Fabrics Expo.
Myleene Klass gives us a lesson on creating a kids brand at our GFW Live! talk space, with Mothercare
Celebrity style consultant Mark Heyes in conversation with Hilary Alexander OBE about his new job with Bonmarché
Talented shoe designers and makers from Clarks take us through the story of the shoe at our GFW Live! space
Throughout Graduate Fashion Week we’ve seen some great names from the industry, returning faces and new ones. Take a look at our guest list!
So the best 25 collections of Graduate Fashion Week 2017 are here! Check out the shortlisted collections
Graduates from Kingston University take to the SmartFocus runway to round off the Tuesday of GFW2017
The Ravensbourne graduates work reflected their passion and dedication in the show on our SmartFocus catwalk
This afternoon, Gok Wan spoke about his 22 years in the fashion industry in our GFW Live! talk space, presented by TU at Sainsbury's
Acknowledging talent in both Design and Communications, the five finalists for each award have finally been announced
This evening, M&S held an inspirational talk on the GFW Live! stage with Jessica Harris and Duncan Morris
Chief executive of Boohoo Carol Kane was in discussion with Hilary Alexander OBE at our GFW Live! talk space
Norwich University of the Arts took our SmartFocus Catwalk by storm with their graduate collection
Central Saint Martins graduate and designer Savannah Miller shares her advice on creating for the mass market with Debenhams
An inspiring talk hosted by Gap Inc., for budding communication students taking their first steps into the industry
The SmartFocus catwalk saw an array of colour, pattern and flawless design from Birmingham City graduates
Our first GFW Live! talk of day three took place this morning with members from the talented team at Boohoo
Take a look at what's in store for the third day of GFW 2017
UCA Epsom held a dramatic and exciting final show on our SmartFocus catwalk to round off our Monday night!
Manchester School of Art showcased an incredible amount of talent, here on our Smartfocus Catwalk for Graduate Fashion Week
Costume Designer Nicola Atkinson sits down in conversation with Hilary Alexander OBE in our GFW Live! space, presented by Little Black Dress
Graduates from Manchester Fashion Institute showcase a mix of womenswear, menswear and sportswear collections in GFW17’s first presentation