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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Head around the world with us every Wednesday where our Instagram is going to be taken over to bring to you exciting posts and news. If you don’t already follow us, ensure you do, on @officialgfw, as this is not something you will want to miss!
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 are very pleased to announce that renowned British footwear brand Clarks are partnering with the charity for the second year in a row, sponsoring The Clarks Footwear Award! The Clarks Footwear Award builds on Clarks’ commitment to original creativity. Find out more.
International womenswear designer and Graduate Fashion Week Global Ambassador Henry Holland has joined forces with Primark to create an exclusive range of tote bags in collaboration with Graduation Fashion Week for the Bags of Talent Campaign.