Some of the event’s judges, trustees and supporters on why Graduate Fashion Week is so important to the industry.
Fiona Lambert, Brand director, George at Asda
The students of today are the emerging talent of tomorrow and the industry’s lifeblood. George is a huge supporter of [future] stars and this is cemented through our GFW sponsorship.
Natalie Kingham, International womenswear buyer, Matches
As a buyer there are few more exciting moments for me than discovering something new. The platform we give to developing talent in London sets us apart from every other fashion capital, and it’s something I’m passionate about. The highlight is always the element of the unexpected - seeing new designers emerge with a distinct point of view and an aesthetic that feels wholly new. The dynamism and energy of GFW never fails to inspire me and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this year’s graduates have to offer.
Hilary Alexander, Journalist and GFW trustee
It’s important to be part of GFW for many reasons. First, it’s exciting; it’s the biggest event of its type in the world; and it’s a chance to see, first-hand, the future of British fashion through the work of hundreds of students, who will go on to work not just as designers but in the jobs which are the backbone of the industry, in, for example, manufacturing, fabric technology, tailoring, pattern cutting, merchandising, and, of course, the retail sector.
Colin McDowell, Journalist and GFW trustee
Although currently there is a seemingly unavoidable concentration by press and manufacturing on the London colleges and their MAs, fashion is a subject studied in colleges across the country and it’s important we have GFW to remind us of this. I’ve never subscribed to the prejudice that the regions are secondary to London in spirit and achievement. The hope behind GFW is that young graduates will be spotted by people whose job it is to nurture, promote and mentor fresh creativity no matter where it has been developed and that’s why it’s important for those involved with fashion at all levels and from all regions to see and be seen at this annual talent-fest.
Carmen Borgonovo , Fashion director, My-Wardrobe.com
GFW is an important platform for retailers and editors to spot young, emerging talent at an early stage. We look for those who understand their customer and have a strong identity. I look forward to seeing what GFW presents not only for us as a retailer and champion of young talent but also as a consumer.
Rob Templeman, Chairman, Graduate Fashion Week
I think it’s more important than ever for the fashion industry to support GFW. With 16 international universities involved this year and many businesses expanding internationally, it’s the only place to recruit emerging talent from both British and international fashion courses.
I urge anyone within the industry to attend; not only will you find some fantastic forward-thinking talent, you could also make a big difference in tackling the issue of youth unemployment by helping graduates find their first step on the careers ladder - this generation are not only our future employees but also our
future customers! GFW is known for launching the careers of many including Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey.
- Graduate Fashion Week takes place from June 2 to June 5 2013, at Earls Court 2 in London. For full details, see www.gfw.org.uk