Graduate Fashion Week 2016
GFW is a charity organisation providing young designers an opportunity to showcase their work and was founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford. Their aim was to merge both UK and international universities to create a unit for the creative/fashion industry. It also is an organisation that works to provide links and connections between graduates and employers.
The first winner of the fashion show gold award was one of the most successful designers, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, and the event has also brought to light other major designers such as Stella McCartney and Matthew Williamson. Last year the George Gold Award was awarded to Hannah Wallace, Manchester School of Art which featured metallic sportswear.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary, the first lifetime patrons were announced: Christopher Bailey of Burberry and Victoria Beckham. Graduate Fashion Week is honoured to present 40 of the UK’s leading Fashion Universities. The highly recognised Sara Maino, Senior Editor of Vogue Italia and Editor of Vogue Talents will be on the international Catwalk Competition judging panel.
This year the event will be held at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch and takes place from 5th – 8th June. It is sponsored by Oracle, M&S and others.
“I do believe that British students are flourishing because you have the best education system in England that gives Art & Design students the freedom to think, to dream and to do.” Alber Elbaz
By Shivanee Tailor