I wrote an article a little while back about the recent Child Fashion Week in London and it became very evident that there was strong opposition facing the event, most notably the growing culture of kids being portrayed as fashion icons. Thankfully (I think) it’s more objectively acceptable news this time. London is about to play host to the 2013 Graduate Fashion Week, being held from the 2nd until the 3rd of June. This year, however there is a light twist in proceedings.
Previously the Graduate Fashion Week focused on celebrating quality fashion design with an awards gala event on the final day. This year the organisers wanted to show more support and commendation for those who our doing innovative work and look to have a promising future in the industry. For this reason they will be focusing on handing out 3 to 4 awards on each day of the four day event.
The gala day also takes a slightly different format in the 2013 edition. There will be a Best of Graduate Fashion Week show highlighting those whose work stood out during the few days. Thereafter a shorter Gala Awards show will exhibit the work of winners and nominees of the George Gold Award. Included in this will be a showcasing of the work of those who were awarded in the textiles, knitwear, men’s, women’s and international categories.
2013 marks the 22nd year of welcoming the finest and freshest design talent to London for this must-see event. The affair is registered as charity and without sponsorship would struggle to exist. These supporters of the ever-growing initiative include: Mulberry, Karen Millen, L’Oreal Professional, Rimmel London as well as knitwear suppliers, Stuart Peters and Barclays.
The committee in undoubtedly very proud of how the event has developed over time and once again this year Graduate Fashion Week has increased its reach. 2013 will see 42 fashion-focused education facilities from around the UK getting involved. A few of the newly introduced institutions include; Norwich University College of Art, the University of Northampton and the Limerick School of Art and Design.
The Graduate Fashion Week chairman, Rob Templeman commented on the new event format by saying that the restructured Gala Awards will allow successful graduates the opportunity to exhibit their winning submissions. He elaborated by explaining that it would also create a more intimate occasion, one in which visitors will be allowed to more closely examine the inspired creations.
Dave Peterson has had an eye for fashion from a young age. Although he doesn’t know too much about the process, he’s travelled to enough fashion events around the world to tell you a thing or two about the latest in mens casual shirts.