Awards At Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Awards At Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Here at Graduate Fashion Week, we are all about helping graduates launch themselves into the industry, by providing a platform that celebrates all areas of fashion. One way that we offer opportunities is through awards! We have several available over this years event, from swimwear and lingerie to styling and creative direction. Read on to find out a little more about what awards we have up for grabs, and what the criteria is. 

Our three largest awards are as follows:

The Gold Award

For the winning student, there is a £10,000 prize, with £2,000 going to the university. 

The Marks & Spencer Womenswear Award

The winning student with receive £5,000, and their university £1,000. 

The Debenhams Menswear Award

The winning student with receive £5,000 and the university £1,000. 

The judges will be looking for similar things when choosing the winning collection to take home the above awards. Important things to note, are the creativity, design, cut, craftsmanship, colour and fabric of the pieces. The winning collection will clearly demonstrate an exceptional ability in all of these things. When on the catwalk, the pieces must have a clear impact, combining both outstanding craftsmanship and truly original creativity. 


Visionary Knitwear

The visionary knitwear award will go to a collection showing an appropriate use of colour, texture, yarn and silhouette for the fashion statement being made. The collection should be creative, moving fashion forward, technically excellent in craftsmanship and production whilst demonstrating an understanding of the identified market. 

The judges will look for both creativity as well as the impact the garments make on the catwalk, alongside the intricate craftsmanship. 

Catwalk Textiles

In order to claim the catwalk textiles award, you will need to have created an innovative print, or constructed textile collection showing an appropriate use of colour, texture and pattern relative to both textiles and the garments. The collections statement should be clear, and supported by all elements of the garments. 

It is important that the collection is creative, groundbreaking in that it looks towards the future through both innovation and creativity, technically excellent in production and craftsmanship, all whilst clearly noting an understanding of the identifiable market. 

The judges will be looking out for the creativity, impact on the catwalk and the craftsmanship. 


International Catwalk Competition

The International Catwalk Competition was started in 2013 to celebrate and raise the profile of international institutions and give them a chance to come together to showcase their brightest new talent. The event has been highly successful with the first ever winner 4 years on showing his collection at London Fashion Week.

30 institutions worldwide are invited to send their best graduate at BA level or equivalent to showcase their work at the world’s largest event for fashion graduates and compete for the chance to be named the best collection in the international market.

The winning graduate will receive £1000, International Press and have their collection showcased at Fashion Scout, the international platform for fashion pioneers during Spring Summer 18 at London Fashion Week. The first and second runners up will win £500 and £250 respectively. This award can only be applied for through your university so ensure you ask your tutors about the International Catwalk Competition. 


George to Sponsor GFW17!

George to Sponsor GFW17!

We're so happy to release the news that our latest sponsor is George at Asda! Having the support of a company focused on championing all the roles that the fashion industry offers. They are our official Education Sponsor, and so are an invaluable support to have on board again for this years graduating class!

"We are always keen to shout about the incredibly diverse array of career opportunities that exists in this fantastic industry, and we know GFW shares and enthusiasm in highlighting the exciting Business of Fashion."

Welcome on board George, we're so pleased to have your support!

There will be further announcements soon, so keep an eye on our website to get the latest.

Holly Fulton Bag

Holly Fulton Bag

In advance of Graduate Fashion Week 2017 and the Tu Scholarship Award, GFW are pleased to announce that Tu at Sainsbury’s have teamed up with fashion designer and ambassador Holly Fulton to produce a limited-edition tote shopper to support the charity. Launching in stores and online on 19th March, the special edition tote is adorned with a modern geometric design in navy and coral, taking inspiration from Holly’s love of British Folk Art. 

“We wanted to select a design that reflected both our design identity and also encapsulated the spirit of dynamism, innovation and energy that the partnership between GFW and Sainsbury’s represents. Drawing on my love of British folk art, we wanted to create a strong geometric motif that would give the bag a powerful focus geared towards Summer and evocative of the barge paintings found in traditional canal boats across Britain. Hand drawn and using colours from our signature palette, the result is intended to be used every day to bring a sense of contemporary, individual fun to consumers.”

Holly Fulton, Designer and Graduate Fashion Week Ambassador

“Holly is a wonderful designer, who has shown at LFW for many years and is admired by many for her amazing prints and design work, so it is an absolute delight that she has agreed to design a bag for the charity. Holly is one of our ambassadors who works closely with our graduates and so we are thrilled that she has agreed to support us in this way."

Martyn Roberts, Managing Director of Graduate Fashion Week

The bag is available in 398 stores now! 

Volunteer At Graduate Fashion Week 2017!

Volunteer At Graduate Fashion Week 2017!

For 25 years, Graduate Fashion Week has been championing the most innovative and creative talent emerging into the fashion industry, acting as a liaising force between students and the industry. 

In our 26th year, we're looking forward to another exciting event filled with imaginative designs, thoughtful fashion marketing graduates and exhibitions recognising those who study fashion in a wider sense than design. 

If you'd like to gain some experience in fashion events, either front of house or backstage, then please apply below! Graduate Fashion Week runs from Sunday 4th June - Wednesday 7th June, although members of the production team must be available pre event.   

Please send any CV's or extra information to support your application, to

TU at Sainsbury's To Sponsor GFW17!

TU at Sainsbury's To Sponsor GFW17!

We're excited to announce that Tu at Sainsbury's are one of our sponsors this year! Last year, Tu worked with us to create exciting awards and initiatives, and we're incredibly pleased for them to join us for the second time this year. 

Committed and national brands like Tu help Graduate Fashion Week to offer experiences and opportunities to graduates and students that otherwise we wouldn't be able to give. That is why we're so happy to have their support for GFW17, and as the event draws closer, the excitement is building! 

There are plenty more intriguing announcements to come, so make sure to watch this space!


M&S To Sponsor GFW 2017

M&S To Sponsor GFW 2017

Here at GFW, we're pleased and proud to announce our sponsor M&S! They will be working with us for Graduate Fashion Week 2017, and we're delighted to have the support of such an established sponsor again this year. 

The continued support of sponsors, in particular M&S, brings opportunities and experiences to fashion graduates from all over the UK and further afield. Graduate Fashion Week wouldn't be what is it today without the family of brands that help us all to push limits, refresh the industry and give a platform to young people coming out of uni.  

There are plenty more exciting announcements to come, so watch this space!



Genevieve Devine Interview

Genevieve Devine Interview

Having won the Sainsbury's Tu Scholarship Award last year, Genevieve Devine, a graduate of Northumbria University, is preparing to launch her nine piece collection created in collaboration with Sainsbury's Tu. We spoke with Genevieve Devine ahead of the launch to chat about her excitement for the future, time spent with Holly Fulton as a mentor, and what to remember about personal creative identity.

Hi Genevieve! Thanks for your time with us, we know you must be so busy preparing the launch. Firstly, lets go back to where it all began! How did your experiences at Graduate Fashion Week influence you?

Having the opportunity to showcase my collection at such a prestigious event made all of the hard work worth it, seeing our designs coming down the runway was electrifying! I can imagine it being quite addictive. Winning the prize was so unexpected and it has propelled my career in a way I would never have imagined during final year. It was a humbling experience to be in the company of such diverse and amazing talent.

Your collection is set to launch in Sainsbury's in March. You must be so excited! How does it feel to know people will be buying and wearing your designs?

I am! The thought of seeing someone walk by wearing one of my designs is really wonderful. If that does happen I can imagine that I will blush frantically and try not to follow them. It’s a really special feeling knowing that my garments will be accessible to so many women from all walks of life across the country.

Would you recommend scholarships as a good platform to launch yourself into the industry?

Definitely! It’s a unique opportunity to gain exposure within the industry whilst learning so much from the experienced people around you.


How did Holly Fulton, your mentor, help you to get to this point in your career?

Holly has been incredibly supportive, giving me thoughtful advice and an invaluable insight to the ins and outs of the industry. I am so grateful for all the time she has given me and her wicked sense of humour! Having access to her wealth of knowledge is an amazing platform for the next steps in my career.

Do you have a favourite moment from the past couple of years?

Going up to accept my award at the Graduate Fashion Week Gala Show with a boilersuit around my waist and ketchup on my sleeve was a surreal experience! I was not expecting to win! That or having dinner at the launch event of my collection, sat between the editors of amazing magazines discussing my designs, I couldn't play it cool if I tried.

Or maybe going to India to work with suppliers directly on my collection, I learned so much in a week, I still can't believe I had that opportunity! I can't choose!

How do you feel about the future of the industry?

Despite the uncertainty of current affairs inside and out of the industry, the creativity coming from young designers is really exciting, and the support available to them is producing some truly unique labels. The awareness of responsible sourcing and the need to slow the fashion process down is becoming more popular. I am hoping that this becomes a standard across the industry rather than just a selling point.

Do you have any advice for people graduating this year?

Don't spend time comparing your work to others, everyone has their own pace. When Graduate Fashion Week comes around you want to know that your collection is a true representation of yourself, and seeing the vast variety of talent at the event is so exciting.

What is the most valuable thing you've learnt since graduating?

The industry can seem quite small in the sense that everyone knows someone everywhere! Being genuine and kind goes a long way.

What was your inspiration for this collection?

The garments for Tu has been developed from my graduate collection. They were excited to use some of the pieces that would sit in a commercial spring capsule collection for their customer, without taking away from the original designs.

My graduate collection came from an exploration of fashion as a form of fantasy with functionality. It was inspired by a modern day tale of Orpheus in the Underworld and the private lives of artists. Painters overalls and artists smocks with hardwearing finishes are combined with feminine embroidery and delicate fabrication. The oversized proportions are a playful reference to childhood dressing up! I created the garments themselves with secret details and pockets to be discovered only by the wearer. The process of the collection was also a reaction to the innate throw away nature of fast fashion. I reworked waste fabrics and vintage linens, hand crafting them into garments with a focus on attention to detail, inside and out. I was fascinated with the idea of heirloom pieces that can be added to by each generation, slowing the process of fashion down.

We reworked the garments,and reimagined the scale to create wearable pieces that can be accessible and beautiful, with a sense of humour and attention to detail.

How did you find merging your creative preferences with that of such a large company with an established identity, such as Sainsbury’s?

It has been a really interesting experience- I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of work and detail that can put into the garments that they produce. Working with such a huge company, I have learnt a lot about where compromises may need to be made when working with so many people towards the same goal. It has also taught me a lot about the way that this side of the industry is run, which I had no idea about beforehand.

Under the mentorship of designer Holly Fulton, Genevieve created a collection, taking inspiration from her award winning graduate collection showcased on the GFW catwalk in 2016. The collection will launch in stores nationwide and online on the 19th March, and features an array of spring time pieces such as oversized dungarees,  several embroidered pieces and a lace crop top. The collection is honest to Genevieve's aesthetic with very feminine shapes in light colours and hues of white. It is most notably a modern collection, appropriate for many, yet upholsters itself through traditional techniques. We can't wait to buy our favourite pieces!

Graduate Fashion Week is all about giving opportunities to the freshest, most original talent coming out of universities today. Genevieve is but one of those young designers that has greatly enjoyed experiences made possible through her participation in GFW. Heed her advice, and stay original, no one can create things that are more you, than you! Graduate Fashion Week is such an exciting few days because it brings together the most innovative and genuinely new in the industry. Buy your tickets now! 



'That's Not Very Ladylike'

'That's Not Very Ladylike'

Yesterday we featured a short clip from Hannah Claydon's 'That's Not Very Ladylike' film on our social media to celebrate International Women's Day. In the video Hannah addresses the issues women face when having to conform to certain discourses set by society and the media.

Hannah is a Fashion Communication student at Leeds College of Art and was solely in charge of the set design & creation, styling, filming, editing and photography for this film. She spent three months preparing the film and completed the filming in one day! 

In the film, the women start by seeming stereotypically 'ladylike', yet as it progresses each woman rebels against the feminine stereotype, proving that being ladylike can be interpreted in many different ways. Hannah challenges the gender stereotypes and shows a playful interpretation of what being 'feminine' means. We can't wait to see more of Hannah's work and the final projects from other students at Leeds College of Art in June! Tickets for Graduate Fashion Week 2017 are now on sale on our website

Follow Hannah on Instagram: @hannahjclaydon or check out her website 



The Green Rooms is the place to stay during this Graduate Fashion Week. Here at GFW, we're pleased to announce that we have partnered up with the North London based arts hostel, to accommodate all those from far away, in the city, for the duration of the exhibition and shows. Green Rooms are our official preferred hotel partner over Graduate Fashion Week in June!

It's the coolest place to stay and the first of it's kind- a start up social enterprise and creative hub that transforms an average hotel stay into a flurry of interaction with the most pioneering guests from a variety of creative industries. If you're looking for somewhere to stay that encourages collaboration, entices the most talented in the arts industries and has comfortable lounge areas, then look no further than Green Rooms hotel, located only 12 minutes from St Pancras and Kings Cross international stations!

Photography courtesy of Green Rooms Hotel

2014 Gold Award Winner Exhibits Work at 'Lace In Fashion'

2014 Gold Award Winner Exhibits Work at 'Lace In Fashion'




The Graduate Fashion Week team is moving on March 1st! 

Please make sure to update your records, so that you know where to find us. Our address will be the following-

East London Works,

Studio 3.28

75 Whitechapel Road,



E1 1DU



London Fashion Week has officially finished and we saw some amazing collections at fashion scout from the Graduate Fashion Week Alumni!

Ester Kubisz

The very essence of Ester Kubisz was presented in this A/W collection. Modern cuts met traditional suits in a truly genderless collection with Kubisz' signature monochrome stripes. Guitars and amplifiers brought life to the presentation with a rock and roll feel. Keep it coming Ester, we love it! 

Billie Jacobina

Sassy. Fun. Colourful. Billie Jacobina's presentation was everything you'd expect and more! Inspired by her visit to Jakarta, Baduy, Sumba and Bali, she recreated the boldness of the temples, the vibrant shades of the scenery and the singular patterns used by the natives in a truly unique collection. With street cast models featuring blogger Miss Brown Got Around, Jacobina transformed the space with balloons, sass and bold prints and incredible textures; and of course the free bar provided by Freya Birch Spirit

Coming up at London Fashion Week

Coming up at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is once again upon us and this year Fashion Scout will be bringing you more talent than ever! We are proud to say that some of the designers showing this year have come from Graduate Fashion Week's catwalk and member universities.

Billie Jacobina

It was only last year that Billie Jacobina showed her graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week and this year she is showing during London Fashion Week with Fashion Scout! A graduate of UCA Rochester, Billie attempts to break boundaries within the textile industry by adding additional techniques to fashion and making them contemporary, bringing Billie's dreams and fantasies alive. Her clothes are captivating, with a unique use of print and fabric.

Billie Jacobina's presentation takes place on Friday 17th February at 12pm.

Ester Kubisz 

After graduating from Ravensbourne in 2015, Ester Kubisz showcased at the Graduate Fashion Week catwalk and went on to win the Best Garment Award at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Central Europe. Ester was one of last season's Fashion Scout SS17 Ones to Watch Award Winners and now she's back once again on the Fashion Scout catwalk! In her last collection Ester showed deconstructed and recreated men's pin stipe suits with a raw take on professional menswear; we can't wait to see what Ester has to show this season!  

Ester Kubisz' catwalk show takes place on Sunday 19th February at 16:30.

Krasimira Stoyneva

Krasimira Stoyneva is a graduate of the University of East London, a GFW member university. Her use of synthetic hair, bold prints and contemporary style have become recognised globally and since graduating she has won the High Commended Award by Diversity Now and the Vogue & Muuse Young Vision Award. Sara Maino, a GFW Ambassador, has praised Krasimira's "bold combination of material and prints".

Krasimira Stoyneva will be showing on Friday 17th February on the Ones to Watch catwalk at Fashion Scout. 

We'll be following London Fashion Week on or social media so make sure you keep an eye out for the freshest new talent!

What's to come

What's to come

At Graduate Fashion Week we're going full steam ahead with plans for this year's event! We're very excited to show you the amazing work from across the 22 shows and 36 university stands. Here's a little taster of some of the work that is currently being created by students from our member universities. 

Sophie Dark is a third year Fashion Accessory student at Ravensbourne, who specialises in leather goods design and production, taking inspiration from emotive experience, world affairs and traditional leather craft. Check out some of her work below:

Follow Sophie on Instagram: @jasminedark

Alex Wright, a Fashion Communication student at Northumbria University produces images with a focus around modern day masculinity and mental health. In his words "the quest for modern day masculinity is a struggle because modern day men don't fully understand what masculinity is and we are constantly led to believe stereotypes of masculinity that are outdated and wrong. Men can be as feminine as they want and as flamboyant as they want without feeling like they need to adhere to stereotyped rules"

Check out some of Alex's images below:

Follow Alex on Instagram: @street_nostalgia

This year's Graduate Fashion Week will take place on 4th to 7th June so make sure it's in your diary! We'll be showing work from Fashion Communication, Branding, Design, Marketing, Photography, Accessory and much more. You do not want to miss it! 

Victoria Beckham OBE holds a private masterclass for lucky graduates

Victoria Beckham OBE holds a private masterclass for lucky graduates

On Wednesday 26th January 2017 a selection of lucky hand-picked graduates from across the UK had the opportunity to attend an intimate masterclass with one of Graduate Fashion Week’s Lifetime Patrons; Victoria Beckham OBE. The private masterclass was an insightful tool for the graduate guests, offering tips and advice into a successful career in the industry.

Celebrating the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award

Celebrating the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award

Graduate Fashion Week has been the launching platform for designers such as Christopher Bailey, Julien McDonald and Stella McCartney. For 13 years the Gold Award has been awarded to designers who have demonstarated outstanding creativity, personality and innovation. In this post we look at some past winner of this award and what they are doing now. 

 In 2011 Rory Langdon from Nottingham Trent University was recognised for his exceptional ability in design, cut and construction and excellent use of colour and fabric with the Gold Award. He now works in Italy as a freelance knitwear designer after having worked for Mugler, Belstaff and Max Mara. 


Not only did Chloe Jones from Bath Spa University win the Gold Award in 2012, she also took home the Womenswear Award. She then went on to show at London Fashion Week with Fashion Scout and now works as a Junior Designer at River Island. 

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Last year's Gold Award winner Hazel Symons from De Montfort University, won the Award with her collection of monochrome pieces that were bolted together rather than sewn. This collection was innovative and forward thinking and truly unique. Sophie is currently working with Sophie Hulme, who was one of the judges, as an Accessory Design Intern. 


We are so proud of all the talent that has been exhibited at GFW and can't wait to see what is coming up this year on the 4th to 7th June. 

This year we are giving away a total of 4 tickets to 2 lucky winners to see a show during London Fashion Week! You can win 2 tickets to this year's Ones to Watch Show at the Fashion Scout catwalk on Friday 17th February at 3:30pm. The show includes Orange Culture, an ultra modern menswear brand and RU a womenswear brand inspired by exploding and cracking buildings. 

A separate winner will win 2 tickets to see the Fashion Scout Merit Award Winner - Katie Ann McGuigan Show where you'll see outstanding prints alongside modern and graphic silhouettes. The show will take place on Saturday 18th February at 5pm.

Both shows will take place at the Freemasons' Hall, London, WC2B 5AZ. No transport will be provided.





Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day


Send your loved ones this heartwarming card for £3 from

It's not Valentine's without the chocolate; this set of 3 Chai Latte Vegan Chocolates is the perfect treat. £11.97 from

You can never have too many mugs, right? This Pop Art mug from will warm any heart. 

The easiest way to your beloved's heart is through their stomach and it doesn't have to be an expensive meal out. For £1.99 you can make a romantic meal with this heart shaped pasta from

If you fancy a relaxing evening in, these Origins face masks from Debenhams are the perfect way to compliment your evening. Get them for £15.

This adorable gift will melt any heart!  Add a romantic touch with a personalised message on the terrarium. £5 from

This Yankee Candle is great for setting up a romantic ambiance. £13 from

So whether you're going on a date, having a romantic night in or celebrating solo we hope you have an amazing time. If you're planning to head out, here are some outfit ideas from last year's Graduate Fashion week students:

Looks from: Niam H Conway - Liverpool John Moores University, Josephine Bulmer - Nottingham Trent University,  Jai Freeman - UCA Epsom, Chloe Jackson - Nottingham Trent University & Anita Atuobi - UCA Epsom 

Our Top 10 Favourite Social Media Posts From Our Ambassadors

Our Top 10 Favourite Social Media Posts From Our Ambassadors


We recently announced our brand new Global Ambassadors and they have been busy sharing their thoughts online. We’ve been looking through their accounts and are excited to share with you our top ten favourite posts

1. We're more than half way through dry January and it seems like Henry Holland is struggling...

2. As a fashion commentator Caryn Franklin's Twitter it full of interesting tweets on fashion and diversity, however we're picking this as our favourite and wishing Caryn a belated happy birthday. We hope the neighbours were ok! 

3. When is comes to style, she's the queen. In this Instagram post Susie Lau shows off her baby bump in style. 

4. We're not sure what Gareth Pugh is doing here, but we love it! 

5. It's ok Henry Holland, we think you look good. 

6. We feel your pain Mandi Lennard. Hopefully it won't be bad during Graduate Fashion Week in June! 

7. Here's another one from Caryn Franklin. If anyone fancies a design challenge here it is. 

8. Here's Gok Wan showing us that home really is the best place to be with this adorable Instagram post.

9. We've all at some point wanted to go to Disney World; Alesha Dixon has fulfilled her dream.

10. Sara Maino is always scouting for talent, here's one of her latest finds from her Instagram.

Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors

Graduate Fashion Week are pleased to announce our very first Global Ambassadors.

Bursary Programme

Bursary Programme

At the Graduate Fashion Week's Houses of Parliament event, last night, the charity announced the launch of a prominent nationwide bursary programme.