The 21st Graduate Fashion Week kicked off this week at London’s Earls Court 2, and as LOVERS of all things fashionable you need to be in the know about the up and coming designers causing a storm far past their university dorms.
London Graduate Fashion Week is the largest graduate fashion event in the WORLD and the ultimate event for people interested in the business of fashion. The prestigious event showcases the work of over 1000 of the UK’s best BA degree fashion students across 40 universities across the UK and overseas.
From the top new designers, to the marketeers, the new media experts, buyers, pattern cutters, stylists, illustrators, visual merchandisers and journalists like myself – We all combine to make GFW the archetypal representation of the future of British fashion.
The judging panel whom had the laborious task of selecting this years winners included, the events first winner – Christopher Bailey, assuming you have been away from, planet Earth, Bailey is now the Chief Creative Officer – at Burberry. When commenting on the event, he said, “We have the most exceptional design talent coming out of our Colleges here in the UK and I salute their energy, their talent and their well earned and deserved global reputation.”
Over the years GFW has churned out successful designers such as Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Berardi, not to mention the innumerable unsung talent that populate design studios, buying offices, publishing houses and creative agencies all over the world.
GFW is a charity run event, entirely dependent on sponsorship and has no support from the government. Founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford with the aim to unify the countless British fashion colleges, which at that point showcased across the country with no alliance or focal point.
Also worth noting, the renowned fashion catwalk photographer Christopher Moore whose agency I have used continuously for fashion images was duly awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to a fitting standing ovation.
Here are the best picks from the cream of the fashionable crop at this years Graduate Fashion Week – Enjoy!
The prestigious Gold Award went to Chloe Jones, of Bath Spa University.
The International Award went to Karen Jessen of ESMOD Berlin.
The Stuart Peters Knitwear Award went to two graduates Caitlin Charles Jones of Kingston University & Jouisanne Propp, of the University of Manchester.
Caitlin Charles Jones of Kingston University
Jouisanne Propp of the University of Manchester
The Zandra Rhodes Textiles Award went to Xiaoping Huang, of UCLAN.
And, here are a few of my favorite picks from the rest of the GFW bunch – Enjoy!
Claire Acton of Central Lancashire
James Walker of UCA Epsom
Amelia Smith of Northumbria