LAST month the Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week, collaborated with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT) to host a reception at the Houses of Parliament. The event showcased a selection of award-winning graduate work and introduced young designers to fashion industry leaders.
Attendees included established designers, Company CEOs, Directors, Buyers, HR and PR teams and a selection of VIP guests, as well as representatives from organisations such as the British Fashion Council, Business of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.
The charity’s sponsors and Trustees were also present alongside Global Ambassadors Henry Holland, Holly Fulton, Mandi Lennard, Caryn Franklin MBE, Ian R Webb and Gareth Pugh.
The reception was opened by host Damian Collins, MP, Chairman of The Culture, Media and Sports Committee. Further speeches by Hilary Alexander OBE, the charity’s Industry Trustee, Nigel Lugg, Chairman of UKFT, and Mark Newton-Jones, the charity’s chairman and CEO of Mothercare outlined the positive impact of the charity and Graduate Fashion Week on graduate’s careers. They further highlighted the importance of its key sponsors Swarovski, Marks & Spencer, Tu at Sainsbury’s, Clarks and Smartfocus.
Mark also announced the launch of the Graduate Fashion Week Protégé Project, a mentoring scheme designed to support a selection of graduates for two years after the completion of their degrees, as well as a new series of masterclasses in collaboration with partner universities.
by Rosie Byers