Fraser Miller, graduate of De Montfort University and joint winner of the Visionary Knitwear Award, took inspiration from the textures, patterns and styles of the wallpaper, curtain and tiles in the 70's, 80's and 90's. We caught up with Fraser to hear more about the surreal experience of winning, why networking is so crucial for success and the importance of developing independence in your design process. Find out why he's discouraging the 'good grade attitude' !
Caryn is a pioneer of championing mental health in fashion specifically and a refreshing advocate for a disruptive, political and inclusive industry. Here, we release the podcast of her Survive & Thrive workshop from Graduate Fashion Week 2018!
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.
Daisy Ratcliff, Northumbria University graduate and GFW18 Fashion Marketing Award Winner, has a refreshingly honest perspective on design - a voice much needed in the industry. With an award winning project that takes the numbers away from sizing and looks to approach clothing experiences for young girls as a positive experience, Daisy hopes to alter the preconceived notions surrounding childrenswear, and the space between clothing for kids and that for teenagers.
Bonmarche Fashion for All Winner, Bethany Wainwright graduate of UCLAN, created a collection and campaign surrounding the concept of the colour 'nude'. Using slogans such as 'One Nude? How Rude' to question the established perceptions around skin colour and eradicating the 'standard' to recognise all women, Bethany caught the attention and became an aware winner at GFW18.
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.
Alicia Brown, graduate of Leeds Arts University and winner of the Boohoo Social Media Award at GFW18, showcased her work to a fantastic response. Find out how what inspired the project, her hopes for the future, and advice for students, as we catch up with the award winning graduate who turned the slogan 'Boy Bye' into a full blown campaign...
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!
Niamh Carr, graduate of Manchester Fashion Institute, recently won £1000 and a further £500 for her university, by creating a denim jacket and winning the Lenzing Sustainable Denim Competition! We wanted to find out more about the photography that inspired the collection, why sustainability and responsibility aren't trends and the meaning behind the name of Niamh's final collection "Just Do Your Bit”, so we caught up with the young designer to hear more about her work.
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.
At Graduate Fashion Week 2018, there were 32 award winners, receiving prizes from recognition by large brands, trophies and large cash prizes. One of the award winners this year, was Emma Dearling, who went home with the Drapers Fashion Publication Award! We caught up with Emma to find out how she feels about winning, what she plans on doing next, and why dialogue is integral to progress.
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.
Christopher Raeburn, Graduate Fashion Week Global Ambassador, Considered Design Advocate and Creative Director of his eponymous brand, recently showcased an innovative and progressive collection during London Fashion Week Mens.
Over the past four days there has been a few key trends that have been seen on the catwalk and elsewhere at Graduate Fashion Week. Find out which conceptual ideas were found across the collections shown on the SmartFocus catwalk in The Truman Brewery!
As the awards were handed out at the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, the top 25 graduates held their breath awaiting the results. Aurelie Fontan, graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, was the recipient of the M&S Womenswear Award, with her six piece collection. The designs were dominated by bronze and gold tones, black highlights and a shimmer, with an aesthetic made up from upcycled materials.