This Sunday see’s the start of Graduate Fashion Week 2018, one of the world’s most important sources of new talent. GFW now in its 25th year is a unique platform that allows talented graduates to showcase their final year collections in runway shows, exhibitions and also pick up some valuable industry tips and knowledge from live talks and workshops.
GFW is widely seen as the pathway from graduation to employment, where graduates from fashion schools and universities have the opportunity to meet industry insiders, employers and press from across the globe. Graduate Fashion Week represents the future of creative design talent and is responsible for launching the careers of successful designers which include, Stella McCartney, Julien Macdonald, Giles Deacon, Christopher Bailey MBE, Matthew Williamson to name but a few!
Graduate Fashion Week is supported by patrons Victoria Beckham, Christopher Bailey, Vivienne Westwood, Nick Knight with this year, Diane Von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski joining. Starring upcoming actress Coco Konig, the GFW campaign sees aspiring designers from British GFW member universities as well as work from one of the international schools for the first time. The graduates chosen to debut their work in the photoshoot this season embodies diverse influences and unique styles, some focusing heavily on sustainability, using ethical materials and recycled pieces to decrease their harm to the environment.
Below you will find models showcasing designs from last years graduate collections.
As with past years, there will be childrenswear designers showcasing their collections at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.
Junior Style will be reporting on childrenswear designers at GFW and will share with you via Instagram Stories the catwalk shows, interviews with designers and the winner of the Mothercare Childrenswear Award from the Gala Show. Last years Mothercare Childrenswear Award winner, Catherine Watts also won the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainability and Ethics Award and is working as a freelance childrenswear designer and studying for a Masters.
Below are some images of designs from Abeni Carvalho from Ravensbourne University who we will be meeting at the show this next week.
Elizabeth Layte a childrenswear designer showcased her colourful childrenswear collection at Graduate Fashion Week 25 and is now working as a Merchandise Manager in character license clothing company Character.com.
‘Elizabeth is focused on breaking down the barriers and gender stereotypes that shape the impressionable minds of children. From disassociating colour and gender to creating pieces that can be worn by any child irrelevant of biology, the inclusive discussion has been raging through the industry. It’s especially notable that the childrenswear industry is driving the political movement through a heightened consciousness. Empowering children to express themselves from the beginning will stop stereotyping before it’s begun in the younger generation’. *
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Photography from Graduate Fashion Week 2017 & final two slides from Abeni Carvalho – All rights reserved.
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