Graduate Fashion Week celebrates 23 years by setting up in a new venue, The Old Truman Brewery in East London. The move from out-of-the-way Earl’s Court to one of London’s most vibrant districts should work well for the 1,000 graduates showing at the event. The catwalk presentations, in particular, promise to be more spectacular than ever, fitting platform for the UK’s finest fashion graduates. Sponsored by George at Asda for the fourth year running, more than 42 universities will take part. Pop up shows, photo shoots, interactive talks take place throughout the week; the London College of Fashion will host seminars and workshops.
Graduate Fashion Week runs from May 31 to June 3. Visit the schedule at Gfw.org.uk/tickets/catwalk and buy tickets at Gfw.org.uk/tickets/catwalk.
Adele McNair, 22, Manchester Metropolitan (image above)
‘I could have stayed there at Burberry forever. It was such an amazing environment. I’d love a career that combines different stages of the design process; I enjoy translating early research into design ideas.’
Kim Stevenson, 33, University of East London
‘Proudest achievement? Gaining awareness of different cultures, having been a successful beverage manager, high work ethic, distinction from foundation degree, being able to transfer skills, balancing being a mother and being a creative.’
Lauren Lake, 22, Kingston University
‘My collection was inspired by the expeditions of Scott of the Antarctic. I’ve taken the main aspects of their clothing and created a collection people can wear without going to the North or South Pole!
Perfect audience for the collection? Young, eccentric, obsessed with pink!’
Henkes Alexandra, 24, Istituto Marangoni
‘Id love to work for Siki Im and Tilmann Lauterbach and gain more experience before starting my own fashion label for men. Future Relics is an A/W menswear collection inspired by the catastrophic extinction of nature, where human life will not be possible on earth and all remaining natural fibres will become rare.
Helen Sullivan, 26, Bristol UWE
‘I did work experience at Katcha Bilek. This is where I began to work with inner tubes, examining their capabilities and constraints as the principal textile used to create unique, sustainable accessories. My collection, “Tomorrow”, has taken inspiration from tribal influences with an underpinning theme of a dystopian world.’