Last night Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week in association with UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT), hosted an exclusive reception at the Houses of Parliament, celebrating its strong ties with leading industry experts, bringing together fashion’s brightest young graduate talent and key policy makers.
Following in the footsteps of notable alumni including Christopher Bailey MBE, Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon, Graduate Fashion Foundation showcased a curated display of award winning 2017 graduate work, from multiple areas of specialism including design, marketing, journalism, photography and knitwear.
The fashion industry is one of the UK’s most important industries, supporting over 800,000 jobs and contributing £26 billion to the economy. Graduate Fashion Foundation makes a significant contribution towards this, through promoting the industry and acting as a springboard for emerging new talent.
Over 200 top industry guests including CEOs, Founders, Directors, Buyers, HR, PR and design teams attended, alongside established designers including Phoebe English and Henry Holland. The guests gathered with charity trustees, ambassadors as well as founders Jeff Banks CBE and Vanessa Denza MBE to celebrate the past year of successes and to launch the start of the 2018 year.
Host Damian Collins, MP – Chairman of The Culture, Media and Sports Committee, opened the reception, followed by Hilary Alexander OBE, the charity’s Industry Trustee and passionate supporter.
Graduate Fashion Foundation chairman and Mothercare CEO Mark Newton-Jones spoke about the importance of Graduate Fashion Week as an International platform for creating employment opportunities for UK graduates within the fashion capitals of the world, as well as adding value to companies.
Furthermore, he announced the 2017 launch of the Graduate Fashion Week Protégé Project, the charities mentoring scheme especially created to support a core selection of graduates for two years, following their graduation. GFW also launched a series of nationwide masterclasses in collaboration with partner universities. These extra-curricular professional talks provide much needed preparation for the students and key tips on life after graduation.
“This evening has been a great success, celebrating the coming together of the British Fashion Industry and the future of the creative talent. This event is important to Graduate Fashion Foundation as it is our opportunity to showcase both the fantastic work of the wonderful graduates we support and the charities work and events throughout the year,” says Newton Jones.
A leading platform for the promotion of new talent, Graduate Fashion Week bridges the gap between graduation and employment and is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time. It represents the future of creative design talent and showcases the work of 1000’s of the very best fashion graduates, with over 400 on the catwalk alone.