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Highlights from Graduate Fashion Week 2016


Graduate Fashion Week Logo 2016 This year was celebrates Graduate Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary. Graduate fashion week took place over the 5th to the 8th of June at The Old Truman Brewery; an event space know for hosting and supporting Graduate Shows and Artists. Over a thousand students from across the world have their work celebrated through catwalk shows, presentations and exhibitions. The annual event was established in 1992 and was founded by Jeff Banks OBE and has championed some of the greats such as Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Christopher Bailey who won the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award.

Attendees to this year’s event include Dame Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Bailey, Gareth Pugh, Alesha Dixon, Gok Wan and Julien Macdonald.  This year was extra special  in honouring Dame Vivienne Westwood as a lifetime patron and also renaming the ‘Ethical Fashion Award the ‘Vivienne Westwood Ethical Fashion Award’.  On becoming a new patron at Graduate Fashion Week Vivienne Westword shows her support for award and encouraged those to “Buy less, choose well, make it last. If people bought only beautiful clothes that would be Climate Revolution. Let us cultivate talent. Thank you Jeff Banks, I am delighted to become a patron of Graduate Fashion Week and to create the Vivienne Westwood Ethical Award”.  A great mantra in support of ethical and sustainable fashion. 

Graduate Fashion Week Finishing party. Photography by Angharad Thomas
Graduate Fashion Week Finishing party. Photography by Angharad Thomas

Over 20 awards were given out to students from University’s all over the world, Including Hazel Symons from De Montfort University who was awarded the Christopher Bailey Gold Award Presented By Oracle  and Amesh Wijesekera from the Academy Of Design, Sri Lanka who was awarded The Oracle International Catwalk Competition.For news on the full list of winners of the event; See Graduate Fashion Week.com

Graduate Fashion Week presents a series of talks included conversations with Hilary Alexander and recent graduates.Gok Wan showed his support for Graduate Fashion Week by giving industry talk to graduates at the ASOS talk space “We need a space where the next generations of Designers, Merchandisers, stylists, buyers can come to can meet people, network, show their work.” 

Graduate Alice Bastow with Julien Mcdonald bag
Photography by Angharad Thomas)

Julien Macdonald selected Graduate Fashion Week as his charity of choice for his range of exclusive shoppers designed for Tesco. The Bags were a big part of Graduate Fashion Week this year and were seen on celebrities and guests to the event. Sales from each bag go directly to Graduate Fashion Week Charity which provides an  unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent and bridging the gap between graduation and employment for many of those who participate. Graduate Fashion Week has been running for over 25 years and has helped launched the careers of some of the most  successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey, winner of the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson as well as Julien Macdonald himself.  The bags cost just £5 and 10% of each sale will go towards Graduate Fashion week.