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In the news this week, Hypebeast wonders why we don’t create more inclusive fashion, i-D examines what is means to be a designer in 2019, while Girlboss has your back on writing a killer LinkedIn summary.
The People’s Choice Award sponsored by Shein, allows the public to have their say on their favourite designer from the final top 28 collections from across the event.
Congratulations to Ivy Lam from Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong, who was announced as the winner of the Gap Inc. International Fashion Show Award at the Best of GFW show on Wednesday!
Straight off the back of winning three awards — the Christopher Bailey Collection of the Year Award, the Considered Design Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer award — at the Graduate Fashion Week 2019 Gala, we caught up with Edinburgh College of Art graduate Brian Mc Lysaght! Brian tells us about his final collection, inspirations, the time it took to create his show stopping wooden garments, and his plans for the future.
As Graduate Fashion Week 2019 comes to an end, the winners of this year’s Gala Catwalk Awards were announced, celebrating the ‘Talent of Tomorrow’ with graduate stars such as award winners Brian Mc Lysaght, Alexandra Fan and Hannah Stote.
We caught all the exhibition award winners as they came off stage at the Best of GFW19 Show! Hear from some of the winners and judges of awards like the Fashion Marketing, Fashion Publication and Fashion Design Portfolio award and more!
Today Cody Eastmond and Francesca Shuch, from the PR company, The Communication Store, held a GFW Live! panel, where they discussed the other side of fashion communication.
UCA Epsom took to the Clark’s Catwalk Hall, to share the university’s sustainable, 1970s inspired, powerful pieces.
Every year, GFW hosts 40 universities from around the world for the International Fashion Award Show. With designers from Japan to Uruguay and everywhere in between, the Clark’s Catwalk Hall hosted some spectacular looks.
Sophie Colombo, who worked closely with Givenchy’s Founder, Hubert de Givenchy before he passed in March 2018, is the brand’s heritage coordinator. Today at the GFW19 Talk Space she tells us about the heritage project, which involved analysing 42,000 lookbook pictures, dating back to the 1950s.
On the final day of GFW19, we headed around the exhibition space to seek our this year’s biggest trends.
On this evening’s panel we had Gap Inc.’s, Simon O’Mahony, John Caruso and Jane Ebara. They were joined by Jasmine and Issy, two recent interns who discussed their experiences with Gap Inc.
The Clark’s Catwalk Hall showcased UCA Rochester’s design students, boasting an audience full of familiar faces, whilst the designs were colourful, cultural and a force to be reckoned with.
Fashion Designer, Henry Holland, who founded his own fashion house, House of Holland in 2008 talks to the younger generations at GFW about starting a career in fashion.
Caryn Franklin joined artist, Alex Box, influencer, Rachael Sealy, Fashion Journalist, Bel Jacobs and Stylist, Kyle De Volle in the GFW Live! Talk Space. They discussed how to face the fashion industry with a bold face, and how to cope with being an outsider.
With the stands full to the brim, it was time for Brighton University’s Fashion Design students to showcase their work.
Martyn Roberts, Managing Director of GFW, took to the Gap Inc. GFW Live! Talk Space to speak with 2018 TU Scholarship Award Winner, Molly Hopwood and her mentor, LFW Menswear Designer, Oliver Spencer, to catch up on what she’s done since winning the Tu Scholarship last year.
Joining us today in the GFW Live! Space was Helen Banks who, after starting her university studies at the age of 25, began her career in food marketing. Now she works in fashion as a European Marketing Account Manager at Asics. How did she do it? Find our more.
De Montfort University opened up there dmu2019mashup show with part one. The show consisted of sixteen looks from fifteen designers, featuring everything from back to front blazers to delicate satin dresses made from durable plastic.
Pepper Your Talk’s Dior Bediako hosted the Career Paths in Fashion talk at the Gap Inc. GFW Live! Talk Space, with the panelists, Chloé Watts, Founder of ChloéDigital and Katy Lubin, the Vice President of Communications at Lyst.
Northampton University sent out a series of collections that shouted about inclusivity and sustainability: positive messages that look towards a brighter future for the fashion industry.
Up in the Clark’s Catwalk Hall, Arts University Bournemouth put on a show that kept the audience on their toes, with each collection coming out to overwhelming cheers and applause.
Specsavers’ head designer, Stig Hansen spoke about his role, the art of designing glasses, and last year’s winners of Specsavers Design Competition.
Former fashion editor and co-editor of i-D magazine, Professor Caryn Franklin MBE inspired all in her GFW Live! talk this morning.
Trustee, Adrien Yakimov Roberts, explored the importance of accessories with: YKK fashion director, Kei Kegami, conceptual fashion designer, Jo Cope, footwear designer, Chau Har Lee and artist, Eeiko Moorer. They discussed the world of accessories and the need for more accessory designers in the fashion industry.
On the third day of GFW19, the students from Norwich University sent their eccentric collections down the catwalk.
In the Gap Inc. GFW Live! Talk Space, Ralph Lauren’s Senior Director of Creative Talent, Kim Giangiuli, gave some useful tips on how to get your career started, accompanied by Rob Armour, Creative Presentation Director, and Barry Jordan, the VP of mens design.
Winner of last year’s Tu scholarship, Jennifer Healy now has her own collection. Chloe Ford spoke to Jennifer about her journey so far, her new collection and her pop-up shop at GFW.
Closing the second day of GFW19 was Ravensbourne. Their award winning fashion course has an international reputation. Their catwalk show consisted of a multitude of inspirational collections, which covered everything from bridal lace, to water rafts.
Manchester Fashion Institute knows how to throw a party. Set in the Truman Brewery’s private warehouse space, the university held it’s fourth fashion presentation filled with silver streamers and rotating collections.
The Gap Inc. GFW Live! Talk Space hosted today’s Tessuti panel with menswear buyer, Ghulam Nabz Khadki. Discussing the rise of streetwear in mainstream fashion and where it will go from here, with panelists, KishKash (writer and manager of @Sneakerness) and model, stylist and influencer, Ramario Chevoy.
Bath Spa University students kicked off today’s catwalk shows. The show tapped into several subjects including nature, technology, culture and heritage.
New Balance’s footwear designer, Sam Pearce joined us today in the GFW Live! Talk Space for a conversation with Size?’s Alex Vos and Cameron Poole.
Debbie Le (@TheFashionablePan) and Kesia Archer, part of the Mothercare Body Proud Mums campaign, discuss body positivity and being a real mum on Instagram with Mothercare’s Caroline Hesford at the GFW Gap Inc. Live! Talk Space.
As the second day of GFW19 has begun, we’ve asked our exhibitors and hair stylists for their thoughts on the hairstyle trends apparent throughout the collections. Positive themes such as sustainability and inclusivity are apparent in the pieces on show but what does the hair represent?
East London closed the first day of GFW19 with their highly anticipated show, and they had a lot to live up to. Their beautiful presentation had many worldwide influences whilst keeping up a classic East London edge.
It seems incredible, but the first day is already over. As we went through the exhibition, our team selected a range of names that we think constitute the peak of today’s exhibition space.
The Clark’s Catwalk Hall housed neon brights, risqué cut outs and in-your-face drama from the Northumbria University graduate collection. It was an eclectic mix of designs, with everything from neon brights to muted neutrals walking the runway.
Print or digital? the never-ending question. One is fast-paced, one is more collectable. One is sustainable, one preserves the beauty of luxurious fashion. What is the future of magazines?
The University of Central Lancashire showed an assortment of manipulation and that their main source of inspiration is different eras — from the Victorian era all the way through to the swinging 60s and 90s grunge — UCLAN had it all.
Gap inc. GFW Live! Talk Space played host to a panel of experts on the future of sustainability and why we can no longer ignore it.
Since showing his work to Queen Elizabeth II at London Fashion Week, Richard Quinn’s fame has grown increasingly over time. Today, he joined us in a conversation about his career and what advice he can offer to young creatives who aspire to have a place in the fashion industry.
The 170 yr old Sheffield Hallam institute of arts has a timeline of artists, makers, students and industrial partners. The Sheffield institute of arts showcase final year fashion design students who show their assortment and portrayal of empowerment down the catwalk.
From the first designer on the catwalk, Liverpool John Moores University showed a beautiful display of creativity which, on top of the incredible designs, showcases values of sustainability and inclusivity.
The Gap inc. GFW Live! Talk Space was host to Swarovski’s Conscious Design discussion. As the sponsors for our Conscious Design Award, Swarovski took the lead on our panel discussing the importance of being socially responsible when it comes to fashion.
Eight universities showed together to kick off GFW19. Models wearing collections from the graduating students of Glasgow School of Art, Greater Brighton Metropolitan University, Falmouth University, Leeds Art University, Plymouth College of Arts, University of Huddersfield, Cambridge School of Art, and Solent University walked the first show at GFW19.
Hannah Craggs shares her career journey from university to being the Senior Youth Editor at WGSN. Founded in 1998, WGSN is the world's leading trend forecasting company. Specialising in youth forecasting, Hannah takes us through the WGSN process of spotting and creating trends in colour, print and apparel.
Pepper Your Talk founder Dior Bediako takes to the Gap inc. GFW Live! Talk space to discuss her top tips for finding career confidence.
Day four is Gala day at GFW19! We’re wrapping things up with the International catwalk show at 11am, the Best of GFW show and then the big one at 19:30: the GFW19 Gala! We can’t wait to see who wins the Christopher Bailey Collection of the Year award, as well as the other awards being given out during the event. Over at the GFW Live! Talk Space, the final talks for the week will be hosted by Givenchy and Tu — not to be missed! Check out the final day events below.
Luxury brands and groups LVMH, Givenchy, Farfetch, Ralph Lauren and more will be present at GFW19! From the stands in the exhibition space which will host CV surgeries, networking and recruitment opportunities, to the discussions held in the GFW Live! Talk Space and Considered Design Hub powered by Farfetch, there’s so many ways that luxury brands are getting involved in GFW19. Find out more!
There’s only two days to go until GFW19! Last year, 30,000 people attended across four days of GFW — including industry, media, buyers, celebrity judges and guests — to name only a few! It’s a great opportunity to meet people, gain a better understanding of the industry, and promote yourself and your work. Ensure you make the most of your time at event with our GFW Checklist!
We caught up with GFF global ambassador Henry Holland, who has been working with GFW since 2016. Through the years, Henry has been a judge, a guest speaker, has released a range of tote bags with GFW and Primark, and much more. We sit down with henry to discuss his time with GFW, the skills he believes are crucial for young fashion professionals to possess, and his advice to the 2019 graduates.
On Tuesday, we’re looking forward to seeing Caryn Franklin MBE hold a workshop on how emotional intelligence can be harnessed to combat stress as well as Hilary Alexander OBC in conversation with Henry Holland at the end of the day. Over at the Considered Design Hub, powered by Farfetch, a panel will discuss the question: What does a UK Ethical Factory look like? Check out the full schedule of day three below!
We’ll be getting in to the swing of things on Day Two of GFW19! Check out what’s happening at the catwalk shows, GFW Live! Talk Space and the Considered Design Hub powered by Farfetch. We can’t wait to see Gok Wan In Conversation With Hilary Alexander OBE and brush up on our fashion law knowledge with the Panel: Fashion Law, Know Your Rights.
Make sure you don’t miss any of the action at GFW19. From the 23 catwalk shows, GFW Live! Talks, Considered Design Hub activities and exhibition stands running for the full four days, there’s so much to see and do at Graduate Fashion Week. Below, check out the schedules and pencil them in!
We’re excited to announce that luxury online retail platform, Farfetch, will be sponsoring the Considered Design Hub at GFW19! On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the Considered Design Hub will host a schedule of talks, panel discussions and workshops that look to address the burning issues of sustainability and responsible design and manufacturing in the fashion industry.
Meet Mercedes Benson, a multi-hyphenate creative working in the music industry who is a DJ, brand partnerships manager, social enterprise founder and influencer. Mercedes sat down with us at the GFW Talent of Tomorrow shoot to discuss how she got into, and how she balances her various jobs, and why she’s passionate about supporting young BAME talent into the industry.
Head to the International exhibition at GFW19 to check out the stunning work that has been created by graduates around the world. Discover the universities that will show their work up close in the International Exhibition.
40 international schools from around the world will take part in GFW19, with an exciting lineup for the International Fashion Award Show and International Exhibition. Sponsored by Gap Inc, the International Fashion Award winner will receive a prize of £1,000, alongside the opportunity to showcase for free at London Fashion Week SS20. Read more here!
Today, we’re excited to announce the judges for the International Catwalk Show, who will deliberate over the final collections of graduates from countries like Australia, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, the US and more. The International Fashion Award, sponsored by Gap Inc. will be judged by…
Emphasising the need for ethical and sustainable practises within the fashion industry, Graduate Fashion Week alongside sponsors Farfetch; the leading global technology platform for the luxury industry, have launched the Considered Design Hub for 2019.
This week, we’ve announced the judges for more than 20 awards and scholarships to be given at GFW19! The Collection of the Year Award is the biggest accolade to be given at GFW19. Meet the GFW19 Collection of the Year judges here.
Around 30 representatives from titles like Vogue, Drapers, LOVE magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Hunger, Vogue Business, Wonderland and more, came along to peruse through an array of graduate portfolios and garments which lined the private dining room of Balthazar, Covent Garden, for the GFW19 press breakfast.
Meet Rachael Sealy, a fashion and beauty blogger who joined us at the GFW19 Talent of Tomorrow campaign shoot. As a plus sized influencer and woman of colour, Rachael is driven to break the stigma around black and plus-size fashion and beauty.
As GFW19 approaches, we catch up with Global Ambassador Christopher Raeburn, founder and creative director of his self titled brand, as well as recently appointed creative director of Timberland. With a passion for responsible design, Christopher shares his thoughts on the current sustainability conversation in the industry, as well as sharing his advice for graduates and what he’s looking out for at GFW19.
To celebrate the launch of our competition to win tickets to the V&A’s retrospective of the life and works of Mary Quant, GFW contributor Faith Richardson gives us a brief history of one of Britain’s iconic designers, whose feminist influence can still be seen almost 70 years later. Head to our Instagram to find out how you can win tickets!
In the news this week, the debut Gucci Beauty campaign celebrates imperfections, i-D examines how Instagram has transformed the fashion industry, while Susie Dent writes for Stylist about the money language that can help us get comfortable talking about our finances.
GFW meets Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI in her Rainbow Penthouse in Bermondsey, London, to discuss her 50 year career, why she’s joining GFW as a lifetime patron in 2019, the secret to her longevity and more.
This year was the first time we got to involve final year graduates within the making of the Talent of Tomorrow campaign shoot. Following submissions from tutors, we worked with our photographer, Erika Astrid and stylist Jennifer Mertens to select eleven talented students to help create content. Meet the team here!
GFW digital editor Megan Doyle speaks with Sul from @SulsWorld — a blogger, influencer and Youtuber who creates content on fitness, fashion, lifestyle, self confidence, dating and everything in between. Sul shares his advice for students transitioning from university into their careers, as well as sharing the most surprising aspect of his job.
Meet Erika Astrid, the Brooklyn-based fashion photographer who shot the 2019 Talent of Tomorrow campaign for GFW19. Erika shares her thoughts on the shoot, her tips for aspiring fashion photographers and her plans for the future.
We’re excited to welcome SHEIN, one of the world’s largest fashion destinations, which will sponsor the People’s Choice Award for the first time!
In the news this week, GQ presents an examination of the potential future of the fashion industry under no-deal Brexit, Quartz debates if cheap fashion brands can ever become ethical, while Jack Williams finds a solution to opinion that art and design courses produce unemployed young creatives over at Intern.
The Talent of Tomorrow campaign is here! Meet the influencers, check out the looks they chose for the campaign, find out about the student designers behind their looks, and see our behind the scenes video from the shoot!
We’ve been teasing the GFW19 campaign release for weeks, and we’re finally ready to share the final product! Shot by photographer Erika Astrid and styled by Jennifer Mertens, the campaign featured the work of students from across the UK.
At the FatFace flagship on the Kings Road in London, GFW ambassador Christopher Raeburn and Rob Jones of Teatum Jones joined the FatFace team to sift through over 100 applications for the FatFace Graphic T-Shirt Competition.
We’re excited to share the capsule collections from the 2018 Tu Scholarship winners, Jenni Healy and Molly Hopwood, which will be available to purchase at selected Sainsbury’s stores and online at Tu.co.uk from 19th May.
We’re proud to welcome Talent Tin, an industry-first platform that is totally reimagining the fashion process for recruiting freelancers, as a sponsor for GFW19. The founder of Talent Tin, Shiv Sensarma, shares his thoughts with GFW on diversity in the fashion industry and what can be done to create a more diverse industry.
In this week news, Paul Smith’s shares his top 10 tips on how to build a brand that lasts, Refinery29 sheds some light on why candidates are ghosted after a job interview, while the leather debate continues — is vegan leather better than the real deal?
We’re pleased to announce that Gap Inc. will sponsor the GFW International Fashion Award catwalk show for 2019. Returning for a fourth year, Gap Inc. will be present with four brands from the company’s portfolio Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta.
To celebrate Fashion Revolution Week, we sat down with model, influencer and artist Jade Pearl — a multi-hyphenate creative who incorporates recycled materials into her art. We discussed her thoughts on sustainability education, how being environmentally conscious is a lifestyle, not a trend, and her advice for students finishing their degrees.
Founder of fashion and lifestyle platform Inthefrow, Victoria Magrath, sat down with our digital editor Megan Doyle at the recent GFW19 photoshoot to discuss the evolution of her platform, where she’s been sharing her unique aesthetic since 2012.
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.
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.