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Graduate Fashion Foundation Holds Reception at the Houses of Parliament

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.

Graduate Abisola Akanni with her work. Photograph courtesy: Stefan Jakubowski

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.

Claire Tagg and Caryn Franklin MBE. Photograph courtesy: Stefan Jakubowski

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.

Gareth Pugh at the Houses of Parliament event. Photograph courtesy: Nicholas Kristiansen

Guests at the Houses of Parliament event. Photograph courtesy: Nicholas Kristiansen

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

Graduate Fashion Week Launch Protégé Project, Showcasing Graduate Talent

THE PROTÈGÈ PROJECT launched by Graduate Fashion Week, an event hosted in London each June, aims to aid and support award winners and BA fashion graduates enter into the industry.

Graduate Fashion Week managing and creative director, Martyn Roberts, and acclaimed fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE, will give masterclasses at universities across the country to educate and guide students, assisting them in creating strong and consistent portfolios and collections. The masterclasses also hope to show current fashion students how GFW can support their careers within the fashion industry.

i1ctClaire Tagg, Graduate Collection 2017, UCA Rochester

Creative Claire Tagg, M&S Womenswear Award runner up and Daniel Rynne, Debenhams Menswear Award winner both participated in GFW17. Give interviews detailing their successes and aspirations for the next steps in their careers and their work with major British fashion retailers.

i2drDaniel Rynne, Graduate Collection 2017, photo by Jack Mitchell and Daniel Rynne

This October, Graduate Fashion Week will be taking 11 graduates, including award winners to Fashion Forward Dubai, the Middle East’s largest fashion event. There, the designers will present their collections to an audience of international fashion devotees.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Front Page Image: Claire Tagg, Graduate Collection 2017, UCA Rochester

View Graduate Fashion Week Masterclass dates here

See interviews, images, and videos here

Graduate Fashion Week 2018 will showcase at the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, East London from June 3-6 2018

Future Feast – Winchester ‘16 Fashion and Textile Graduates

THE Vinyl Factory Soho, London was awash with a kaleidoscope of bold seasonal colour and stylish looks at Future Feast a show of graduate talent from the Fashion Marketing and Fashion & Textile Design programmes at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Guest representatives from the fashion industry including Victoria Beckham, Harvey Nichols and Topman attended the show and waited in anticipation of the Fashion Direction and Fashion Textile Awards which were presented by womenswear designer, Michael van der Ham after the catwalk presentations.


Winchester SS1Looks from Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Winchester SS2Future Feast, 2016. Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Jasmine Broughton, memorable for her fabulous faux-fur outerwear with exquisitely beaded motifs won the Fashion Textile Award and front-line menswear designer, Christine Xu was the winner of the award for Fashion Direction. After the ceremony, guests were invited to peruse a dazzling assortment of preliminary sketches and ideas from the students’ portfolios.

Christine Xu’s collection which won the award for Fashion Direction. Photograph by Geoff Pugh

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL2A look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton.
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

Fashion Textiles Awards Winning Collection SMALL4Another look from the Fashion Textiles award-winning collection by Jasmine Broughton
Photograph © Winchester School of Art

The innovative event combined outstanding graduate work from the institution’s Fashion Marketing and Textile programmes. These two courses focus on developing students’ creative ability, while aiming to enrich them with the necessary marketing and practical skills required for successful careers in fashion.

by Miranda Charalambous

University of Brighton Art and Design Graduates Showcase Work

  • A design from University of Brighton Fashion with Business graduate Lois Woodford’s Dreams and Greens collection

THE University of Brighton’s annual Graduate Show is expecting more than 12,000 visitors to its exhibitions of architecture, fine art, design and film by its final year students. The free event gives visitors the opportunity to check out the art and design “stars of the future” hoping to follow in the footsteps of such illustrious Brighton alumni such as fashion designer Julien Macdonald OBE or Turner Prize winners Keith Tyson and Rachel Whiteread CBE.

A look from Fashion with Business graduate Emily Bowers-Clark’s collection Static FluidityA look from Fashion with Business graduate Emily Bowers-Clark’s collection Static Fluidity

More than 500 final-year-students will be showcasing their work at the university’s city centre Grand Parade building, with architecture displays at Circus Street Market. The students have been involved in all aspects of creating the show, from hanging and organising building exhibition spaces, to designing the graphics.

UoB SS2Fine Art Performance graduate Megan Clark sits sewing within her Durational Performance Installation
“a journeyinto the microscopic world of the human body”

Prior to the Brighton show, fashion and textiles students will be presenting their work on the catwalk as part of Fashion Scout’s Graduate Fashion Week at the Truman Brewery, east London.

UoB SS6Fashion with Business course graduate Nataliya Brady, from Ukraine, used Neoprene,
plastic and nylon for her collection Plastic Fantastik

by Caroline Simpson

Images: Andy Weekes, courtesy of University of Brighton

Graduate Fashion Week, May 30 – June 2, at the Truman Brewery, London, with University of Brighton Fashion with Business Studies students presenting their catwalk show on June 1.

For more information, visit here.

The 2015 Brighton University Graduate Show will be open to the public from 6 – 14 June at the College of Arts and Humanities, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY.

Opening times for the Brighton University Graduate Show are: 
Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm
; Thurs-Fri, 12pm-5pm;
 Sat-Sun: 12pm-5pm
Some exhibition times vary.

Northumbria Fashion Students Visit Indonesia for Collaboration

TWO  fashion students from Northumbria University, Newcastle are visiting Jakarta to observe the manufacture of fabrics and crafts in collaboration with students from the BINUS International University, Indonesia, under the auspices of the BNSD partnership. The third year students Hollie Newton, Kate Skelton will be accompanied by lecturer, Christopher Hodge, and are visiting Jakarta to work on a collaborative fashion design project which they plan will result in a garment and fabric collection inspired by traditional craftspeople from the West Nusa Tenggara region.

Image of winning sketches by Hollie Newton, BINUS-Northumbria School of Design in Indonesia, and the Academy of Design in Sri Lanka, Indonesian fabricOne of the winning sketches by Hollie Newton

BNSD students will create a womenswear collection, while Hollie and Kate will focus on menswear. The final collections will be showcased during Jakarta Fashion Week in November.

The BNSD partnership, launched in 2014, has created opportunities for students in Indonesia to study UK university degrees in response to a growing demand in the country for professionals in the creative industries. The joint venture also offers the UK-based Northumbria students the opportunity to add an international dimension to their CV by working with BNSD students.

sketch by Kate Skelton, BINUS-Northumbria School of Design in Indonesia, and the Academy of Design in Sri Lanka, work by fashion student from Northumbria University,, Indonesian fabriA winning sketch by Kate Skelton

Christopher Hodge said, “Hollie and Kate were selected during a competitive process which saw Northumbria fashion students pitching designs to win one of two places to travel to Indonesia. They were chosen for the sensitivity and skills shown in their submissions, along with their in-depth research and fabric development which demonstrated real enthusiasm for the subject.

“The trip will allow them to observe fabrics being woven first hand, and work with local artisans to create new techniques blending their contemporary skills with age-old crafts.

Image of Ikat fabrics, BINUS-Northumbria School of Design in Indonesia, and the Academy of Design in Sri Lanka, fabric traditional made by craftspeople from the West Nusa Tenggara region, ndonesian fabric Ikat fabrics fabric traditional made by craftspeople from the West Nusa Tenggara region
of Indonesia and used by the students in the BNSD collaboration

“Attending Jakarta Fashion Week will also provide them with international exposure and invaluable experience to help them prepare for Graduate Fashion Week in London, where they will showcase their final year collections in 2016.”

Minaldi Loeis, Dean, Faculty of Creative Media and Technologies, BINUS University, said: “We are excited to have Northumbria students flying in for the research project and hopeful for their future fashion collections. I am sure the experience in exotic eastern Indonesia will be beneficial to both Northumbria and BINUS students alike.”

Alumni from Northumbria University include Sir Jonathan Ive (Senior Vice-President, Apple), Rob Law MBE (founder, Trunki), and Nicola Morgan (designer, Lanvin, Paris).

by Caroline Simpson