Graduate Fashion Week Showcases Emerging Talent
Now in its 27th year, Graduate Fashion Week continues to bring the latest innovative and exciting emerging talent to the world’s attention, showcasing the fashion innovators of tomorrow with a four-day event in London on the June 3—6, 2018.
Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) is the largest platform in the world for highlighting the freshest up-and-coming stars in design, creative direction, marketing, communication, photography, illustration, and all aspects of the modern business of fashion. Helping to bridge the gap between graduation and employment, the event offers students a unique chance to meet industry contacts, recruiters, and brands face-to-face, giving them the opportunity to kickstart their careers within some of the world’s most globally successful brands.
To kick off this year’s campaign, esteemed stylist and photographer Damian Foxe sought out his favorite graduate designs from hundreds of final year entries to be shot at the home of Graduate Fashion Week, The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, Greater London, England. Inspired by old school fashion and portrait photography, Damian played with the power of natural light which, when properly harnessed, sculpts the human form and magnifies its natural beauty. Using traditional, manual techniques such as offcuts of fabric and found fragments of paper and glass, he was able to manipulate the light to blur the lines between solid physical reality and pure fantastical imagination, adding drama and atmosphere to the final imagery.
The graduates—who were chosen to debut their work in this photo shoot—have diverse influences and unique styles, with some focusing heavily on sustainability, using ethical materials and recycled pieces to decrease their harm on the environment. Photographed designs include aspiring designers from British GFW member universities University of Central Lancashire, University of the Creative Arts Epsom, University of East London, De Montfort University and Manchester School of Art. Whilst the Universidad de Vigo, Spain, was the first international school to have a student selected for the shoot and included in the campaign.
“The work being produced for 2018 is of the highest calibre and the campaign is truly original and extraordinary, reflecting the talent on show at Graduate Fashion Week. We look forward to seeing the collections used in the campaign on the runway in June.” –Martyn Roberts, Managing & Creative Director of Graduate Fashion Week
Supported by the likes of Lifetime Patrons including Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham OBE, Vivienne Westwood DBE RBI and Nick Knight OBE of Show Studio, this year Graduate Fashion Week sees Diane Von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski join the ranks as Lifetime Patrons. This news confirms the charity’s growing international reach and the crucial role it plays as a global hub inspiring the world’s top designers. Additional Global Ambassadors support the messaging of the charity throughout the industry including; Julien Macdonald, Caryn Franklin MBE, Holly Fulton, Gareth Pugh and Henry Holland to name a few and 2018 also sees multiple new premium and high street sponsors such as Levi’s, Superdry and Ralph Lauren join to support the charities goals within the industry.
With 25 catwalk shows, featuring looks from the universities top talent including the University Group Show—GFW Collective, this year also sees the expansion of Graduate Fashion Week’s international Fashion Award show. The number of universities showcased increased from four in 2011 to more than 45, including leading faculties such as Parsons (USA), Shenkar (Israel) and Accademia Costume & Moda (Italy). In addition to the catwalk show, there will be an exhibition space for the international universities which focuses on diversity and celebrates the strengths of each faculty.
Here are the profiles of a few designers who focused primarily on sustainability and ethical practices/production:
Evelyne Babin – University of the Creative Arts Epsom
Sarah Seb – University of East London
Elizabeth Hargrave – De Montfort University
Attending the Event
Tickets are available now and open to everyone with a passion for fashion and design.
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