On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th April, we were involved in the Task PR press day! We saw a lot of you there, and there were lots of media and industry registering to attend GFW17, so if you haven't got your tickets yet, there's no time like the present

There were plenty of great sketchbooks on show, as well as some imagery from our photoshoot. It's events like this that get us really excited to see what our member universities will be sending down the catwalk in Truman Brewery this June!

Check out our preview images below, they're the best source of inspiration. To keep up with what Graduate Fashion Week are up to, make sure to follow us on instagram.

An unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent, Graduate Fashion Week bridges the gap between graduation and employment and is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald.
— Not Just A Label

Not Sure What To Do Post-Graduation?

Not Sure What To Do Post-Graduation?

Wondering what to do next year?

It can be difficult to know whether to get an internship, go on a gap year, or apply for further education, especially amongst trying to complete your BA at the same time. To help you decide whether a Masters might be for you, we spoke with students  from Edinburgh College of Art, who are ready to take the plunge. 

Hopefully you won't still be sitting on the fence after this, as Max Wells Gray and James Reeves give you the lowdown on deciding and then applying for Masters degrees...


Hiya! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Firstly, how did you find your BA experience?

It has been very fun, stressful, expensive and rewarding. At ECA we have fantastic tutors and small year groups so we have a lot of contact time. It has been a great place to develop my work in a way in which I like - Max 

Varied and experimental, Edinburgh has given me a deeper knowledge of what I like, and what I don’t. It has also given me a taste for my areas of interest for further development and progression. - James

What made you decide to do an MA?

During my final year I decided that I still had ideas I wanted to explore and push work I am currently doing further. An MA will allow me to do this and help me gain both stronger ability and a better idea of what area of design I want to go into. Studying in Edinburgh has been a lot of fun and the course is great, however it is far away and quiet, so studying in London will be completely different and hopefully make it easier to integrate into the industry - Max

It was Westminster particularly that appealed to me. I hadn’t decided to do an MA and apply for them all, I had decided I wanted to do the Menswear MA at Westminster, whether I did that now, or in a few years, if I was doing an MA then that was the one I was interested in. And also after going to the open day and seeing the space and meeting staff and current students, it felt like the right place for me. I think open days are really important. - James

Did you consider any other options?

Doing an MA wasn’t the only option for me right after graduation, it was more of an aspirational option. Although saying that I hadn’t quite figured out what the other options would have been but I think whatever happened I would have continued developing work and working on commissions of my own accord, perhaps staying on in Edinburgh for a little longer - James

I considered fashion buying and did a summer internship in this area to help decide. It was great but I felt it wasn’t quite as creative as design- Max

What do you think the benefits of studying for an MA are?

 I think it is a great opportunity to meet people working not just in the fashion industry but also many more, it gives you time to strengthen and sharpen your portfolio or work - Max

I think, especially with a two year course with a summative first year, that taking a step back from the pressure of producing a graduate collection (that you want to somehow show everything you have learnt during your degree) and being able to use those skills to explore ideas in a more loose and relaxed way. I guess not having to worry so much about getting it ‘wrong’. Also with Westminster the opportunities for industry connection and industry briefs, support with internships between first and second year - James

 What are you most looking forward to?

The southern weather! Also having the opportunity to develop my work and have access to amazing facilities - Max

I think I’m most looking forward to the tailoring project in first year. I self taught some tailoring techniques for my BA collection but I’m really excited to learn the process in more detail to be able to apply that to my design practice - James  

Can you please give one piece of advice, to a soon-to-be graduate that isn’t sure which steps to take next?

If you're not sure what area to go into, intern, and get work experience in different areas. Don’t just do a design internship because you're studying design, it’s a huge industry. I think an MA is something you should only do if you are sure. It could be a very expensive mistake to make. If you are sure you want to do a MA research early because you won't have much time in your final year. Go for a place you feel comfortable in and you think will help push your work. Getting your portfolio together early will help massively and help push your final year work. In your interview don’t be cocky, however even if you're not sure about your work act like you love it and it’s going in the direction you want – save uncertainty for tutorials - Max 

I guess don’t rush into it, if think you want to do an MA, go to open days, talk to current students, do research (I think I read the course overview about 20 times). Every MA is different, especially the main London ones, one might be really right for you and another completely not. But also just wait and see what happens, you don’t have to do an MA straight after your degree. Go to Madagascar! - James


Interview by Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins




Little Black Dress are sponsoring #GFW17! At Graduate Fashion Week we pride ourselves on being inclusive and celebrating diversity, and our sponsors really reflect that ethos this year.  The little black dress is considered a classic garment, thanks to the likes of Holly Golightly and many more, but LBD put twist on the classic, much like many of the students that show with GFW. 

Little Black Dress recently ran a 'celebrity gown' competition, with the chance to design a dress that Alesha Dixon will wear. The shortlisted candidates will be announced on our website very soon, so if you entered, make sure to watch this space very closely over the next few days! 

The winner of the competition will be announced 3rd May. 

"We have over 80 wonderful brands, including our own exclusive labels and the best of designer, boutique and high street. We recently launched our biggest collection yet with singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon’s debut fashion range, available exclusively on our site. We have also collaborated with up-and-coming designer Jodie Fleischmann on our first ever Black by Little Black Dress collection, a premium range of couture-worthy dresses. We’re so excited about being part of Graduate Fashion Week and can’t wait to see you!"




We're very happy to announce that Drapers are sponsoring the ‘Fashion Publication Award’ this June! Drapers will have a stand, where they will be giving out information regarding what they expect from new graduates that work with them, using job examples and offering expert advice. It is a fantastic opportunity for students of all ages to come and expand their career horizons. Getting invaluable knowledge from an exciting and insider voice in the industry!

"Drapers has been at the heart of UK fashion for 130 years and we're committed to supporting graduate talent as they navigate through a changing industry, by providing them with the information they need to develop their own careers and future-proof the businesses they work for."

Graduate Fashion Week is the largest showcase of graduate talent in the world, and we aim to ease the transition from university into the working world, so having Drapers on board is exciting for everyone that attends GFW!

Fashion Publications inspire and inform generations of fashion audiences, communicating fashion message through image and the written word. Despite the growth of new media formats, the Fashion Publication is still as desirable on object as it ever has been, with independent and established publications continuing to thrive. 

Project submissions for the Fashion Publication Award are sought from students producing inspiring and innovative printed fashion publications that resonate with the Industry and intended audience. Students should demonstrate quality of writing, imagery, layout design and a professional standard of production. 

Judges will be looking for creativity and original thinking and relevance to market. Quality and execution/translation of concept into the final solution/project are also to be taken into consideration. The work will need to include a supporting statement to contextualize the work produced. The winning student will recieve £750 and thier university shall receive £250. 

In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive 2 tickets to the GFW Award Show on Wednesday 7th June . All the Exhibition Award Winners will have their winning work clearly highlighted on Wednesday 7th June and a mention during the GFW Gala Awards Show in the evening.

"We're delighted to support Graduate Fashion Week, as it showcases the work of rising stars and provides an opportunity for the industry to get a glimpse of the next generation of fashion."

Drapers will be offering advice and answering your questions, so make sure to buy your tickets now




We're so pleased to announce that YKK are not only sponsoring Graduate Fashion Week 2017, but they are sponsoring the Accessories Award this year! 

"Founded in 1934 by Tadao Yoshida in Japan, YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. Today, YKK is synonymous with innovation and technology and can be seen on many of the world's leading fashion and accessory products."

It's great to have such an established, long lasting company, that is a voice of authority in a very specialised area of the fashion industry on board for #GFW17. 

To be in with a chance of winning the Accessories Award, you must bring a modern directional approach to the accessories arena. The eligible categories are millinery, shoes, bags, belts and jewellery. Award Nominations will need to be uploaded to the University Resource Page by Thursday 18th May 2017 6pm.

The Award will be judged at the event, it will be the responsibility of your course leader to upload your nomination form. If you have been nominated, you will need to bring your full entry to Graduate Fashion Week for the final judging.  

The Winners and Runners up of each award will be announced at the Daily Award Ceremony in GFW Live Studio at 6pm on the same day the award is judged. 

In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive 2 tickets to the GFW Award Show on Wednesday 7th June . All the Exhibition Award Winners will have their winning work clearly highlighted on Wednesday 7th June and a mention during the GFW Gala Awards Show in the evening.


Lifetime Patron Victoria Beckham receives OBE

Lifetime Patron Victoria Beckham receives OBE

GFW Patron Victoria Beckham receives OBE

Victoria Beckham has been awarded an OBE for her services to fashion. 

Beckham was presented with the honour by the Duke of Cambridge at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham palace, which recognised her successful 17-year career. Accompanied by her parents and husband, she aptly received the award in a simple and elegant long black dress from her own A/W17 collection.

Victoria Beckham is a patron of Graduate Fashion Week and has been a great supporter of promoting new and exciting graduate talent. For example, earlier this year GFW had the pleasure of hosting a masterclass with Victoria Beckham and Hilary Alexander OBE. This was a greatly insightful tool for the graduate guests, where VB offered tips and advice into achieving a successful career in the industry.

VB began her career as a pop star promoting girl power and is now an accomplished fashion designer and business woman creating clothes for women age 8-80.

On receiving the award VB said;
'I F  Y O U  D R E A M  B I G  A N D  W O R K  H A R D  Y O U  C A N  A C C O M P L I S H  
G R E A T  T H I N G S....'

Congratulations Victoria, we couldn’t think of anyone more deserved of this award. 


Words by Paris Richardson


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GFW Photoshoot #BTS!

GFW Photoshoot #BTS!

Last week, we held the Graduate Fashion Week annual photoshoot, featuring clothes designed by students from all over the country. We had pieces from Edinburgh College of Arts, Ravensbourne, Birmingham City University and plenty more! 

We spoke with influencers, models and the creative teams to bring you the behind the scenes actions everyone wants to see! Look out for interviews with JoelNancyCharley Van Purpz, Karlmond Tang and more coming up very soon. 

If you were following our instagram stories (@OfficialGFW) or snapchat (@OfficialGFW) then you would've seen that we bought on board a selection of faces from the digital sphere to style the students designs. 

Asos Future Talent Award

Asos Future Talent Award

We're so excited to announce that this GFW, we will be hosting the ASOS Future Talent Award!

ASOS is a global fashion destination.  It is a  mix of cutting-edge fashion and a variety of fashion-related content that makes the hub of a thriving fashion community that it is. ASOS is celebrating future talent in more than just fashion design by creating this new award, to replace the Portfolio Award. This new award will acknowledge talent in both Design and Communications pathways by offering a “first”, “runner-up” and bursary for the corresponding winning university in each pathway.

Find out more about how you can get involved here. 

Bonmarché Fashion For All Award

Bonmarché Fashion For All Award

We're so happy to announce that this year, one graduate will be the talented recipient of the Bonmarché Fashion For All Award! 

‘Attitudes to fashion in the last few years have changed significantly, no longer, is the designer restricted by the consumers age, their size, nor their shape’.

The winner will receive £750 in prize money and the winners university will receive £250. 

For more information on how and what to submit visit our awards page. 

Boohoo Social Media Award

Boohoo Social Media Award

This year, we're happy to inform you all that new this year, we will be hosting a Social Media Award, sponsored by Boohoo! This gives one instagram savvy student, with impeccable curation skills the opportunity to win £750 with a £250 prize to the university. 


Imagery is the cultural currency of our times. We are defined by what we do or don’t upload. Imagine social media as a shop window – allowing us to display our wares and talents to the wider market. Utilisation of this “window” can lead to new contacts, wider recognition and potential job prospects.

No longer side-lined as faddish or gimmicky, social media and its many evolving platforms has positioned itself at the forefront of how we communicate with each other in the 21st Century.

The social media tool of the moment is Instagram. The ability to instantly upload as well as curate the gallery like space lends itself nicely to fashion image making. Content is key regardless of how many followers you have or how many you follow.


This brief is to create and curate an Instagram Campaign which is relevant and reflective to the constantly evolving interface of fashion communication. 

Submission is an Instagram campaign that the judges feel is outstanding in its contribution to the field and a supporting statement which outlines your objectives methodology, and outcomes. 

You are not being judged on how many followers you have but on the originality of content plus your editorial skills through selection and production of imagery. 


Rosella May Interview

Rosella May Interview

We caught up with graduate of Nottingham Trent University and award winner at GFW25, Rosella May, to see what she's been up to since the long days of sewing and toiling to put together a collection to send down the catwalk in Truman Brewery. It's been a busy yet exciting year for the young designer- read on to find out more about her time working alongside SEO Jarkata in Indonesia, experiences designing within a different culture and what it's like to now be a junior denim designer at Calvin Klein!

After showing her graduate collection during Nottingham Trent’s GFW25 show, Rosella was selected as a winner of the international residency award, alongside Billie Jacobina from Rochester and both went to work in Indonesia. Rosella was placed with SEO Jarkata, which lead to showing their joint works in Seoul and China. The opportunities didn't stop there- Rosella had already accepted a place to work at a junior denim designer at Calvin Klein in Amsterdam. 

Hiya Rosella, we’re so happy to catch up with you, it sounds like you've had a mad time since graduating!  What have you been up to?

“After I made my graduate collection- I had such a hectic week after I finished the show! I had seen GFW come in and look at my work so it was quite intense for a while, so when I finally found out about that I had to make amendments to my collection, the hype became insane. After my show with Nottingham Trent, I spoke to so many people! Someone from Missoni spoke to me, and I was supposed to speak to Lucy Salter, who eventually did get in touch. The dean of my uni dragged me from one place to another”

Do you have any advice for recent or soon-to-be graduates, about making the most out of their GFW?

“People can get downhearted if they think that someone is meant to speak them and then they speak to someone else. That happened to me, but I emailed her a couple of times and we emailed for a little while. So that was really good, people need to push for Graduate Fashion Week more, because there wasn’t a job available at Calvin Klein, you need to make yourself known and GFW is a good way to do that”

Graduate fashion is always the most reflective of the experimental and new. Your work is often described as gender neutral or androgynous, do you think it's another trend, or does it have more political significance than that?

“I think it's getting into a time now, where people will wear what they want. I’ve got a brother that is the same age as me, and we will wear the same clothes. I think gender neutral dressing is something that's important to me, not because of the trend, but it's the mentality of it doesn't matter, be who you wanna be, boys can wear make up and you can wear a sports bra for the rest of your life if you like. I think looking at the recent runways, it's interesting, the change that's already happening- especially noticing the womenswear, there were so many pant suits, so that already almost a nod back and a move from androgyny”

Do you have a moment that's really stood out for you in the last year?

“One significant moment for me was the fact that I got my call for Calvin Klein whilst I was actually in my graduation ceremony! I had to whisper that I couldn't talk, but that they can talk to me- I was actually whispering during my graduation ceremony on the phone. Everybody around me was whispering ‘is that f****ng Calvin Klein?’ so people were turning round, and there was a lot of whispering, we were all celebrating together in silence!”


At Graduate Fashion Week, you won a residency, to go and work in Indonesia. What were your experiences like there?

“With the Indonesia residency, I was really lucky with the company I was working for (SEO Jarkata) because she's so driven and motivated. She applied for lots of other things alongside Jarkata Fashion Week, and that's how she got to showcase her collection in Seoul. The support from the British Council enabled me to go with her, and experience two international fashion weeks which was cool”

It must have been a culture shock, to go from designing in the UK to Indonesia. In what ways is the fashion industry different, and how is it similar?

“It's difficult to articulate the ways in which the industry in Indonesia differs from the UK. It's almost like a different bubble. In western culture we have a fashion that’s at forefront of everything itself. In Indonesia, religion has a much wider influence, fashion wants to be a big thing, yet at in the forefront of their culture is religion, and so they have to step back and consider it more. It's very clean, and there are elements that have to be thought about logically, so for example with the temperature, there are so many fabrics and things they can’t use. It’s much more innovative in that way- they can’t just laser cut nylon, because it's a synthetic fibre, if you burn something that's hand woven, it doesn't burn in the same way, it's just an open structure. It’s so weird, all the things that we use, all this modern technology, isn't always appropriate, but that's not to say they're stuck in the past, they're moving forward but in a different direction”

Rosella’s success is inspiring, in that she is living what every fashion student hopes for post-graduation. But she is reminded to be humble and work hard, as although she may be a junior denim designer at Calvin Klein, living in Amsterdam, her “dad still thinks I colour in for a living.”  


Interview by Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins




We're so happy to announce that Bonmarché will be sponsoring us this year! Graduate Fashion Week can only happen because of the support that we receive from a variety of sponsors that span across the industry, representing a large portion of the industry that graduates want to break into. 

"Dedicated on inspiring women to look and feel fabulous no matter what their age, shape or sizes. Ranges include effortless casual wear and show-stopping occasion wear in fabulous exclusive prints, plus a flattering selection of outerwear, swimwear, lingerie, nightwear and accessories, all designed with the more mature figure in mind. Their official style consultant, TV Presenter and Fashion Stylist Mark Heyes is renowned for his expert clothing knowledge within the world of women's fashion and is on board with Bonmarché to provide valuable fashion advice and styling guidance to customers." 

Imagery courtesy of Bonmarché 

The Art Hotel To Stay In Over GFW17!

The Art Hotel To Stay In Over GFW17!

Green Rooms are our official preferred hotel sponsor over Graduate Fashion Week in June! The north London based arts hostel, is a hub of creative activity and as such, is the best place for visiting students to stay. We know that our graduates come from all around the UK and further afield, so in order to make the most out of the shows for many, it makes sense to stay in the capital for the four days of #GFW17!  

We're really happy to be able to offer students a discount code, "GFW17" making the rooms £18 a night. The hotel is located only 12 minutes from St Pancras and Kings Cross international stations, and so means that you'll be able to jump on the tube to the Truman Brewery.

We can't wait to see you all!

"A first for London: a budget hotel that's part social enterprise... Cool, utilitarian and laid-back, it feels more Berlin than Wood Green". The Sunday Telegraph

Photography courtesy of Green Rooms Hotel.  

Mothercare To Sponsor GFW17!

Mothercare To Sponsor GFW17!

We're so happy to announce that Mothercare are sponsoring Graduate Fashion Week his year! Graduates that show with us have such a variety of skills and different creative visions, showing menswear, womenswear, lingerie and childrenswear, so it's fantastic to have the support of such an influential childrenswear brand!

"Mothercare offers a host to unique, affordable and stylish fashion collections for babies and children which is highlighted in its fashion collaborations such as Little Bird by Jools Oliver and MyK by Myleene Klass At London Fashion Week in 2016, Mothercare announced a collaboration with internationally renowned fashion designer, Julien Macdonald.  Smile by Julien Macdonald, is a new born clothing collection aimed at babies and young children from newborn to 3 years. The collection is a unique mix of high quality and affordable pieces with a soft, premium look and feel that reflects Julien’s creative vision."

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L'Oréal Professionel To Sponsor GFW17!

L'Oréal Professionel To Sponsor GFW17!

We're so pleased to announce that L'Oréal Professionnel are sponsoring Graduate Fashion Week 2017! A catwalk show has so many elements, and expressing creativity from the hair and beauty to set design and innovative collections, is what makes for an amazing show. 

We're grateful to have the support of L'Oréal Professionnel again this year, as their expertise shines through, reminding our thousands of graduates that fashion design isn't the only path into the industry. 

"Hair has always been a hugely important fashion statement and stands equally alongside fashion design in creating a total look. At the head of both trends and technology, L’Oréal Professionnel products are a staple backstage at the biggest shows in the hands of top stylists; with strong links to the most prominent designers, photographers and magazines, raising the profile of the industry"

Hilary Alexander OBE Trailblazer Award

Hilary Alexander OBE Trailblazer Award

We're so happy to announce a new award for Graduate Fashion Week 2017, entitled the Hilary Alexander OBE Trailblazer Award. The winning student will receive £1,000 and their University will be awarded £250. 

In recognition of the unparalleled level of support, commentary and guidance provided to UK trained fashion students, their academic staff, Colleges and Universities, associated with the Graduate Fashion Week Foundation, we have the honour of naming the new GFW 2017 Catwalk Award, ‘The Hilary Alexander Award’, after the renowned UK based Fashion Journalist, Hilary Alexander.

"I'm a bit of a catwalk junkie. I've always been captivated by the new and exciting and I feel a fantastic sense of anticipation whenever I sit down to watch a show. Graduate Fashion Week is especially inspirational because you're seeing the work of graduates who have never put their ideas and inspirations before a live audience before. It is simply brilliant when a graduate collection is enthralling, original, beautifully-made and creative in every way. I am thrilled and honoured to have this award named for me. Thank-you."

This new award has been created, in order to capture and reflect Hilary’s evident enthusiasm for the new, the fresh and the unpublished in fashion. The chosen collection should provide a refreshing fashion direction that best reflects what UK Fashion is renowned for and can also sustain national/international media interest in its’ realisation.

For more information on how to apply, please contact your university, or head to our awards page for in depth criteria. 

ASOS To Sponsor GFW17!

ASOS To Sponsor GFW17!

We're so happy to announce, that the online global fashion destination, ASOS, will be sponsoring us again this year! 

It's brilliant to have such large and influential brand support us, especially as ASOS represents a large employer for graduates looking to get into the industry. As a fashion community, ASOS grows fresh talent as well as sourcing it from around the world, and we're so pleased to welcome them on board for a second year! 


 "Together we grow fresh talent and keep fashion moving forward.  We believe fashion can make you look, feel and be your best.  And when you feel your best, you can achieve amazing things." ASOS

Clarks To Sponsor GFW17!

Clarks To Sponsor GFW17!

In the latest news regarding sponsorship for Graduate Fashion Week 2017, Clarks, the iconic shoe brand, will be supporting us for the first ever time in June!

We're so pleased to have Clarks on board, enabling us to continue providing a platform to launch graduates into the fashion industry. They began in 1825, so it's brilliant to have the support of such a long lasting and respected shoe brand.

"Creativity is important to Clarks because we know it’s the shape of our ideas that makes us stand out from the crowd. And we believe in authenticity. Not as a fad or a trend, but because we know from experience that the only way you can succeed is by being true to yourself. This is why Clarks is so excited to announce its first partnership with Graduate Fashion Week, a unique platform for the best, brightest and most original fashion graduates from the UK and around the world." 




We're so excited to announce that TU will be sponsoring two scholarships awarding  during Graduate Fashion Week 2017!

Hot on the heels of Genevieve Devine's (Northumbria University)  success, Tu at Sainsbury's are offering a menswear and a womenswear scholarship with top industry mentors this year. 

One menswear and one womenswear design final year student will get the opportunity to win a paid scholarship with the design team at Tu worth £19,000 and the opportunity to launch their capsule collection under Tu's team! 

After having seen Genevieve's success, this could be the exciting and prosperous opportunity that two talented graduates have been waiting for. 


Boohoo to Sponsor GFW 2017!

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Our latest announcement for Graduate Fashion Week 2017, is that are sponsoring us for another year! Back and bigger than ever, we're really excited to have them on board again, supporting the largest event for BA talent in the world. has fashion’s at their forefront –  providing the latest looks for less since 2006 and the content you just can’t wait to share. They are always on the lookout for new talent and the latest cutting-edge designs, so this year will be pulling out all the stops to make this the best one yet.

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“From drop in sessions with our buying and design teams to our top dog Directors giving you the secrets of how to get into the industry, it’s one ticket you won’t wanna miss. We’ll also be showcasing our latest collection giving you the lowdown of just what trends to expect this summer. And to top it all off, our joint CEO Carol Kane will be getting the 411 from fashion icon Hilary Alexander OBE on how she got where she is today”

Make sure to check back for more exciting news regarding Graduate Fashion Week 2017!