GFW Live! kicks off this year on Sunday 4th June with a star-studded line-up that cannot be missed! From Henry Holland to the queen of fashion journalism Hilary Alexander herself, the talks will cover topics from how to develop an American portfolio to developing a signature brand. 


GFW: Where are they now?

Many GFW alumni go on to have exciting careers. GFW 2016’s Tu Scholarship winner Genevieve Devine, Christopher Bailey Gold Award winner Hazel Symmons, and alumni Billie Cox talks to our panel about their successful breaks into the fashion industry post-GFW.

Come join us at the talk for some inspiration on the opportunities available, as well as guidance on how you can also jumpstart your fashion career through Graduate Fashion Week. 


Lingerie Buying with Boux Avenue


Are you into lingerie? Do you want to know how to get into buying and its responsibilities? Head lingerie buyer and Buying Director at Boux Avenue Debbie Duckett takes you through the processes behind lingerie buying. Learn first-hand from this senior professional on how to spot trends and stay ahead in the buying game. 


From Degree Show to Department Store: How to Establish Your Career in Fashion


How do design pieces from degree show get to the racks at department stores? The path after graduation seems like a directionless void. 

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We understand how confused you feel. If you are curious about designing for high street fashion, Julian Fuller, Head of Menswear Design at Debenhams is here to talk to you about:

How the process of designing works once you’ve graduated; 

The timelines you work to; 

The level of detail you must be able to communicate, 


And ultimately why working for a high street retailer is a great career choice. 


Make-up’s Creative Value and How the Beauty World has Finally Stepped Out of Fashion’s Shadow


Beauty has always been fashion’s less popularlittle sister. But in recent years, with the emergence of beauty bloggers and diversifying beauty standards, make-up has stepped out of fashion’s shadow and established its own creative value. 

If you love make up and want to learn more about its place in contemporary society and career opportunities, definitely do not miss this talk from 3INA’s lead make-up artist Anne-Sophie Costa! 


Concept to Collection


Isn’t it crazy that every clothing and apparel collection available to us started as mere ideas about colours and shapes? Hear the exciting process of how an M&S collection is created from the initial ideas on colours and shapes to the fully designed garments ready to be shown to the public.  We have with us M&S design and product experts to explain how they agree which are the must haves for the season, what will work for customers and what won’t and some of the challenges of putting collections together for the UK’s leading clothing retailer.


Hilary Alexander In Conversation with Special Guest


Connie Constance in Conversation with Hilary Alexander OBE, Presented by Clarks


Clarks Originals celebrates those with a unique and creative perspective on life. One person that embodies this spirit perfectly is Connie Constance, who creates not only creates compelling music, but dance and art pieces as well.