The Swarovski International Fashion Award Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2018, featured 51 different graduates, from universities all around the world. From Japan, Taiwan and India to Sri Lanka, Australia and America, the inspirations and concepts for the designs were diverse.
Each year, we recognise the most inventive and artistic university stand design, taking into account limitations such as financial resources, the visitors experience and the management of the stand itself, including the maintenance by staff and students alike.
Through 2017-18 we have seen a dramatic rise in the catwalk being used as a space for protest. From Public School standing against Trump in their AW17 show to Vivienne Westwood showing a fashion film with an underlying Brexit theme in place of a catwalk at her 2018 London Fashion Week Men’s show, protest has been a talking point for fashion. Political challenges shone through in many of the collections we had the chance to view at GFW18, indicating that the catwalk will continue to be a stage for creatives to express their political opinions through their art.
Georgia Lyne, a Nottingham Trent University graduate, has a penchant for creating award winning sportswear. Heading up on stage in a tracksuit, the emerging designer received accolades at GFW18, in the way she knows how.
At Graduate Fashion Week 2018, design graduates were given the opportunity to pitch their work to Henry Holland, in order to win a two week placement at Debenhams, in the graphic t-shirt department. Elizabeth Welland impressed the pop art designer with her prints, inspirations and concepts and was named the winner of the placement!
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!
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.
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...
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!
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.
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!
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.
The final show of the Graduate Fashion Week 4 day event just revealed the winners of the 18 awards up for grabs by the sponsors of the event.