Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) has named Burberry chief executive Christopher Bailey and celebrity designer Victoria Beckham as its first patrons in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
Bailey appeared at GFW in 1991 and was the first winner of what is now known as the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award.
Baily said the award was a “fundamental stepping stone” in his career. “It gave me a platform that allowed me to pursue the incredible opportunities that I have experienced since. It is a true honour for me to be able to support the next generation of exciting design talent in the UK, during Graduate Fashion Week’s very special 25th anniversary year.”
Beckham added: “It is so important to support and mentor young people, and GFW provides an essential platform for them at this important time in their life. I’m delighted to be joining Christopher Bailey, working together on such a worthwhile project.”
Additional alumni of the annual event include Stella McCartney, Julien Macdonald and Christopher Raeburn.
Mark Newton-Jones, chairman of the Graduation Fashion Week charity, said; “In the run-up to our 25th anniversary celebrations, our remit is bigger than ever. We now have thousands of graduates from around the world receiving our backing and support year on year. I consider myself honoured to be chairing Graduate Fashion Week and I’m delighted that Christopher Bailey, our first ever winner, is also joining us as our first official patron alongside Victoria Beckham.”