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We can all learn from Graduate Fashion Week

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I took over from Jeff Banks as chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.

During this time I’ve had the incredible privilege of spending time with course leaders, students and new graduates from all over the country and I never stop being blown away by their outstanding talent.

This year I’m really keen to encourage more industry leaders than ever before to attend and support the week - after all, this unique event is the only place in the world that gathers as much new talent in one place at one time. It’s where you’ll find the best new creative minds, bursting with tomorrow’s thinking and ideas.

I can guarantee that coming to Graduate Fashion Week will not only keep you in touch, but also reinvigorate your creative juices and reprogramme your mindset. You’ll not only find brilliant designers and product developers, but also a vast array of talented creatives keen to follow career paths in everything industry-related - from marketing and buying through to visual merchandising, product development, point of sale and website creation.

The 2011 event will celebrate the work of more than 1,000 of the finest BA degree fashion students from 50 universities across the UK and internationally - including those from Russia, Paris, Milan, Holland and Singapore. This is where the new ideas begin and I truly believe we have a duty to do everything we can to channel today’s best new creative skills into real jobs. We need to ensure the world’s best new fashion talent is utilised in a way to benefit not only the individual graduates, but the UK’s creative economy, too.

“The 2011 event will celebrate the work of more than 1,000 students”

On behalf of the trustees, we wish to thank George at Asda for being our title sponsor, and also our category sponsors and the fashion industry for giving tomorrow’s talent employment opportunities.

Terry Mansfield is chairman of Graduate Fashion Week

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