Graduate Fashion Week 2019

This year's event is promising to be the best yet with a spectacular gala, countless fashion shows and a range of masterclasses with leading lights in the fashion industry. Peter Gray reports.


If you want to see the latest and most exciting talent in the world of fashion, then the place to be come early June 2019 is Graduate Fashion Week.

The event, which is now in its 28th year, is the world’s largest showcase of BA fashion talent, bringing the innovation and imagination of the next generation of fashion talent to an appreciative audience of fellow students, influencers, industry heavyweights and retail patrons.

This year’s event is expected to attract over 30,000 people to the Old Truman Brewery in London for an exciting mix of catwalk shows, talks, workshops and masterclasses. In all, the four day event will showcase the work of over 5000 UK fashion graduates.

Highlights of the event will include the catwalks shows, the University Group Show – GFW Collective and the spectacular closing Gala Awards Show.

One of the most popular events over the course of four day festival is the International Showcase. This takes place on the final day of the exhibition. Last year’s event featured 51 international universities with schools such as New York’s’ The New School Parsons, China’s Donghua University, Japan’s Bunka Fashion College and the Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome taking part.

Graduate Fashion Week is the brainchild of the Graduate Fashion Foundation. The charity plays a vital role in the UK fashion industry, providing a springboard for new talent and helping to bridge the gap between graduation and employment for countless fashion hopefuls.

The foundation has been in existence for 28 years and in that time it has helped more than 100,000 graduates and students of fashion to take their first steps in the fashion industry. Included amongst that number are some of the leading lights in the British fashion industry including Christopher Bailey MBE, Stella McCartney, Mathhew Williamson and Julien Macdonald.

The foundation is the brainchild of Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford. The Graduate Fashion Foundation was set up in 1991 with the aim of providing encouragement for fashion graduates, helping them find employment and allowing the creative industries to identify the best talent.

Lifetime patrons of the foundation include Christopher Bailey MBE, Victoria Beckham OBE, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Dame Zandra Rhodes.

The British Fashion industry supports contributing over £26 billion to the economy and supports over 800,00 jobs.  

Last year’s Graduate Fashion Week saw hundreds of students display their graduate collections, include young London based fashion designer Despina Chatzidakis. Despina showcased her bold Tudor influenced collection at the event to widespread critical acclaim. The young designer said of the event: “having the opportunity to participate at graduate fashion week gave me an platform to showcase my work at an industry level and grow as a designer. The whole experience was a complete buzz and I am very thankful to have been a part of it”.

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