Opportunity for aspiring designers: Graduate Fashion Week

Today marks the start of the 26th annual Graduate Fashion Week (GFW). With 22 catwalk shows over four days, it provides the world’s largest platform from which aspiring designers can launch their career.

As ever, we have a keen eye on any up and coming designers that have ties to Scotland. Highlights for us include the Edinburgh College of Art runway show this afternoon, which kicks off at 5, and the Glasgow School of Art exhibition in the showroom.

Fashion design graduate Edinburgh College of Art
Maddie Williams ECA

Scotland Re:Designed director Chris Hunt has nothing but praise for the show:

Graduate Fashion Week is the UKs premier networking showcase for anyone keen to get a start in the industry, which sees lifetime patrons like Victoria Beckham alongside graduates in an exciting way, inclusive not exclusive.

I am very excited to see, once again, so much talent from our Scottish establishments heading to this prestigious marketplace for talent. I anticipate another strong school coming through for the fashion industry from our renowned institutions, whose previous alumni include designers, media, stylists, photographers and other associated industries at the highest levels around the world.

I love Graduate Fashion Week as this is where it starts for so many of us, and everyone there is so passionate and kind with a fantastic ethos which has really continued to flourish under GFW trustee, judge and Hello Fashion Monthly’s editor-at-large Hilary Alexander and international Fashion Scout Director Martyn Roberts.

So many in the industry are offered their first jobs via GFW, and since then have gone on to help, set up on their own and work within countless people and brands, so we can understand when Christopher Bailey describes it as “an incredibly valuable platform” – imagine that replicated over the decades by all the alumni & participants!

And with that we urge anyone who is in London to try and get along to the Truman Brewery over the next few days (4th – 7th June 2017) There will also be a live stream of events as they unfold, for those who cannot make it. And of course, we will be relaying our experience in London next week, so be sure to check back for exclusive content.