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 their strong ties with leading industry experts, bringing together fashion’s brightest young graduate talent and key policymakers.
Following in the footsteps of notable alumni including Christopher Bailey MBE, Stella McCartney and Giles Deacon, Graduate Fashion Foundation showcased an exciting curated display of award-winning 2018 graduate work, from the range of fashion disciplines including design, marketing, journalism, photography and knitwear.
The fashion industry is one of the UK’s most important industries, supporting just under one million jobs and contributing £20.9 billion to the economy. Graduate Fashion Foundation makes a significant contribution towards this through the connections platform, promoting the industry and acting as a springboard for emerging new talent.
Martyn Roberts, Creative and Managing Director of Graduate Fashion Week said:
“It is a fantastic event to build on year on year, celebrating the launch of new talent into the fashion industry. We’re here tonight with some of the top industry experts and our accomplished graduates to advocate the significance of the Graduate Fashion Foundation charity and the year round work it does. We are gaining more support from CEO, HR and Design Directors across international and UK brands throughout the year.”
Graduate Fashion Foundation Chairman and Mothercare CEO Mark Newton-Jones, spoke about the importance of the annual June Graduate Fashion Week event 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, Mark announced the launch of the second year of the Graduate Fashion Foundation Protégé Project, the charities mentoring scheme especially created to support a core selection of graduates for two years, following their graduation. This week also saw GFF run a series of nationwide masterclasses in collaboration with Ralph Lauren and partner universities. These extra-curricular professional talks provide much-needed preparation for the students entering the industry and key tips on life after graduation.
Newton-Jones, Chairman and Mothercare CEO said:
“The House of Parliament event has been a great showcase for both our fashion industry and the young creatives that form part of its future. We are delighted to feature this year’s outstanding graduates’ work and present how our charity, Graduate Fashion Foundation, has supported over 100,000 students to launch their careers in the creative sector.”
Graduate Fashion Foundation is a charitable organisation which is an essential part of the fashion industry. It is the springboard for new talent, the lifeforce the whole industry relies on. Over the past 27 years, more than 100,000 newly graduated and undergraduate students have been supported and guided by the charity. GFF aim’s remains the same today; dedication to encouraging young people, helping them find employment and get the best start possible in the fashion industry.
The annual Graduate Fashion Week event, held every June attracts 30,000 guests, features 26 catwalk shows and exhibition stands, alongside a packed schedule of talks, masterclasses and workshops from leading names in the fashion and retail industry. It represents the future of creative design talent and showcases the work of over 5000+ of the very best fashion graduates each year.
Graduate Fashion Week is the world’s largest event for BA Fashion talent and will be taking place on the 2rd -5th June 2019 at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London.
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