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M&S teams up with Graduate Fashion Week

Marks & Spencer is partnering with Graduate Fashion Week this year, as the event marks its 25th anniversary.

As part of the agreement M&S will sponsor the womenswear award and one graduate will receive training with the high street chain.

Graduate Fashion Week chairman Mark Newton-Jones said the partnership “strengthens the future legacy of the event and its support for the rising stars of tomorrow”.

Jo Jenkins, director of womenswear, lingerie and beauty at M&S, added: “It’s vital for the fashion industry to support up and coming talent, and Graduate Fashion Week provides a unique platform to present the best of British and international fashion graduates to the world.

”As a major employer of designers – we have more than 200 across the M&S business – it’s also exciting to see the creativity, dynamism and energy of the students.”

In November Newton-Jones said he wanted to create 25 year-long paid internships for the winners of the event.

During Graduate Fashion Week on June 5 to 8, 11,000 students from 40 UK and 11 international universities present their collections. Four hundred students produce catwalk shows, and 50 judges from all sectors of the fashion industry pick 25 winners.

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