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Graduate Fashion Week returns for 2015

Graduate Fashion Week Award Winners 2014

Tomorrow  marks the launch of the annual Graduate Fashion Week. Returning to the creative district of East London for the second consecutive year, at The Old Truman Brewery, Graduate Fashion Week is the world’s leading event for fashion graduates. 

Open to the general public, the event attracts industry creatives working across the fashion sector, from textile designers to fashion photographers to the brightest graduates in the fashion sector. Featuring pop-ups, street artists, live photo shoots, and interactive talks, Graduate Fashion Week is a must for the fashion calendar. Sponsored by George at Asda for the fifth year running, the event will take place from Saturday 30th May to Tuesday 2nd June 2015.

Now in its 24th consecutive year, the Graduate Fashion Week charity continues to be unrivalled in its promotion of new talent and is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey, who was the winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald. 

"Graduate Fashion Week is set to blast off on May 30th with four days of the most exciting and creative BA graduate collections in the world,” explains Hilary Alexander OBE, iconic British fashion writer and Graduate Fashion Week Trustee. “Sponsored by George at Asda, GFW is now celebrating its 24th year and stands tall as the largest single graduate fashion platform on Earth. This year we return to Truman Brewery, with a bigger exhibition space and two enlarged catwalks. Looking forward to seeing you there."

The show-stopping week will see 23 catwalk shows take place, with more than 60 universities from around the world taking part. Within a vibrant exhibition over two floors of the Truman Brewery, Graduate Fashion Week also host a packed schedule of industry talks and a Live Photo Studio plus street food and bar areas. 

Grace Weller, Bath Spa University, Gold Award Winner 2014This year also sees the appointment of Mark-Newton Jones, CEO of Mothercare Plc, as Graduate Fashion Week Chairman who brings with him a wealth of experience gained during a stellar career spanning more than 30 years in global fashion retail. Mark comments: “It is an exciting time to come on board and help the best and brightest global talent gain the recognition they deserve. Graduate Fashion Week should be a highlight in the calendar for all those who work in the industry as well as members of the public who love to follow fashion trends.”

The sensational week will conclude with a much-anticipated grand finale on Tuesday 2nd June, which will showcase the International Catwalk Competition and Best of Graduate Fashion Week Show. The GFW Awards Show will also take place that evening, presented by fashion lover Laura Whitmore, who is well known for her unique sense of style.

Fiona Lambert, Vice President of Product and Development Design of GFW title sponsor, George commented: “2015 marks the fifth year of George’s sponsorship of Graduate Fashion Week and we are continually astounded by the wealth of talent that passes through the doors. The event is truly an inspirational showcase of the talented individuals making their mark as the next generation of the British fashion industry. Graduate Fashion Week provides a platform to nurture students and graduates looking to explore all areas of the fashion industry; from designing to buying, merchandising and marketing. This year, we are looking forward to seeing what the class of 2015 brings ­ and may it be more diverse, creative and brilliant than ever before.”

Graduate Fashion Week is a charity organisation and was founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to unify universities across the UK and create a stronghold for the creative industries.  It aims to bridge the gap between graduation and employment, creating exciting industry opportunities for the nation’s talented fashion graduates. 

Tickets are now available to purchase from the official Graduate Fashion Week website: www.gfw.org.uk/tickets 

 

  • Date published: 30th May 2015
  • Written by: Ian Thomas

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