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The fashion industry knows how to inspire

It’s no secret that the UK has some of the best fashion colleges in the world, and several events this month have showcased that talent.

It’s no secret that the UK has some of the best fashion colleges in the world, and several events this month have showcased that talent.

As our ambassador for emerging talent [fashion journalist] Sarah Mower describes it, “we are a talent magnet”. This talent is by no means incidental; brilliant fashion tutors nurture our young designers’ skills, enabling them to explore, express and develop their talents and creativity.

This year’s graduate shows were rapturously received. I met several students post the shows as they presented their collections to retailer Warehouse for their BFC Colleges Council competition. They were exhausted after months of preparing portfolios and final collections and of interviewing for jobs and internships, but still exuberant about their designs, the opportunities within this industry and their future careers. Eight designers were selected for interviews for the inaugural BFC/Elle magazine Talent Launch Pad, resulting in six new businesses being selected by the Elle team, model Helena Christensen and designer retail partners Anna, Bernard of Esher, Cricket, Hervia Bazaar and Stanwells.

Then the BFC Newgen (sponsored by Topshop) winners announcement event saw 21 emerging talents chosen from 400 applicants to receive support to show at London Fashion Week in September. It was a good event, attracted a good cross-section of our industry and provided a good reminder that every day I am fortunate to witness the generosity of time and support given to fledgling fashion businesses by retailers, brands, businessmen and women and more established designers sharing their knowledge and collaborating to help these new talents grow. This is a truly inspiring industry.

Caroline Rush is joint chief executive of the British Fashion Council

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