Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week in association with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT), hosted an exclusive reception at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, celebrating their strong ties with leading industry experts, bringing together fashion’s brightest young graduate talent and key policy makers.
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The Graduate Fashion Foundation charity is delighted to announce that from 12th – 16th November we will be running series of national masterclasses in partnership with Ralph Lauren. During the GFF tour we will be visiting five host universities and colleges across the UK and in total 20 Graduate Fashion Week member universities will have the opportunity to benefit from the advice and information presented.
#TagYourTalent is a weekly competition, seeking to highlight talented final year students from our member universities, as they create their final collections. We want to see your journey from week one to #GFW19, with images of your studio, films of the loom at work and #BTS of your photoshoots. You can post any image that you like, and a winner will be selected each week. The winner will be awarded £50 for their efforts!
Here at Graduate Fashion Week, our ethos is to ease the transition from education to employment. Below, we have a new opportunity available. Make sure to closely follow the instructions of the lister, by sending portfolios to the listed email address.
The International Fashion Award Show 2018 saw a stimulating array of designs and incredible talent. The award show, sponsored by Swarovski, named the winner Danqi Chen from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. Chen showcased a collection of animated pieces that displayed true craftsmanship and imagination. Bold yellow and scarlet red ankle-length trench coats were paired with matching accessories that projected a playful but minimalist feeling. Oversized puffer coats created irregular silhouettes and worked alongside the innovative headwear that won her the prestigious award.
Photography by Deborah Smith
Bao Wen Chen’s intricate designs demonstrated a reinvention of artistic flare within pattern. His rebellious designs contrasting one another were an example of how awe-inspiring the talent within this award. The eye-catching shapes and designs of Surya Pratap Singh were distinctive and bold. The primary coloured collection introduced avant garde silhouettes and ideas surrounding body image and gender. The bright red pieces had accents of colour to illustrate female body parts that were embodied as part of the cloth.
The experimentation of texture and colour by these designers was exciting to witness as the designers from renowned Asian Universities and schools across Europe brought a assortment of forward-thinking concepts and contemporary designs.
Words by Ellie Pinder
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.
The prestigious Christopher Bailey Gold Award, named after the first winner of the award in 1992, Christopher Bailey, was awarded to Rebecca Wilson of Arts University Bournemouth, her menswear, womenswear and childrenswear collection.
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.
The SmartFocus People's choice is live! Make sure to vote for your favourite looks from Graduate Fashion Week 2018! Extending its relationship with the globally celebrated annual design showcase for the 2nd year, SmartFocus will be hosting 26 catwalks during the four-day event within the ‘SmartFocus Catwalk Hall.
Amy Thomson is an emerging designer, with a penchant for pink candy floss tones and hand illustration. With naivety working as a central concept in informing the playful pieces, Amy has shown with Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week since graduating from Leeds Arts University and showcasing at GFW17.
The latest collection by sculptural Womenswear designer, Sadie Clayton took centre stage at the British Ambassador’s residence in Rome before coming to London Fashion Week. It is clear that clayton is starting to take the fashion capitals by storm.
We're so excited to announce that we're heading to New York, for our first American showcase! Partnering with SmartFocus, the Digital Messaging Cloud, Managing and Creative Director of GFW Martyn Roberts and Industry Trustee Hilary Alexander OBE, will be attending two major events aimed to highlight and showcase the work of Graduate Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week Mens 2018 runs from 6th - 8th January, and with many exciting London based emerging designers participating, we’re more than excited to see the menswear talent on show. To celebrate the most innovative talent, we’ve compiled a list of three unmissable shows and presentations, that are sure to make waves across the menswear sector.
We are delighted to announce that Sainsbury’s are partnering up with Graduate Fashion Week for our 25th Anniversary!
Marking our 25th Anniversary London-based photographic talent Hanna Moon was invited to capture the work of nine talented graduating designers. All extremely diverse in design but bringing together a broad universe of ethnicity, youth culture, politics and historical perspectives.
This year, for the first time, Sophie Hallette are joining forces with Graduate Fashion Week so our University Design Challenge will become a part of the whole event. This will make it easier for the students and colleges as our judging panel will have access to the collections when they are submitted to the GFW Committee for judging, rather than holding a separate event. The winners will be announced on the Final Evening of GFW at the Awards Ceremony.
The talented Nicola Glass SVP of Accessories Design at Michael Kors will be on the Accessories Award judging panel at Graduate Fashion Week 25th Anniversary!
We are ecstatic to announce that the ever innovative, Gareth Pugh, will be joining us, to Judge at the Graduate Fashion Week 25th Anniversary.
We are thrilled to announce that one of the UK’s leading retailers, Marks & Spencer, are partnering up with us, Graduate Fashion Week, for our 25th Anniversary.
After months of anticipation we are proud to announce our new website is now live!