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Fashion Fringe to suppport regional UK

Designers including Matthew Williamson, Erdem and Christopher Kane will hit the road next week to scout out the next generation of British designers as part of Fashion Fringe, the competition set up to support up and coming regional British design talent.

The Fashion Fringe Road Show will see journalist Colin McDowell, who set up the scheme in 2004, joined by designers Julien Macdonald, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Gareth Pugh, visit universities around the country to share their fashion advice and experience with students, for whom living in the capital is not an option.

The road show will kick off on March 12 at the University of Edinburgh.

McDowell said: “In recognising that not all fashion industry professionals and students can be based in London, we hope that our tour of the country will help to further connect the UK regions with the London fashion scene.

“Fashion Fringe designers come to us from a huge range of countries and we want to ensure this level of diversity is reflected within our own borders as well.”

The university visits are as follows:

  • March 12th - University of Edinburgh with Christopher Kane
  • March 13th - Northumbria University with Gareth Pugh
  • March 14th - Manchester Metropolitan University with Matthew Williamson
  • March 15th - Nottingham Trent University with Giles Deacon
  • March 19th - University of Brighton with Julien MacDonald
  • March 20th - Royal College of Art with Erdem

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