In 2018 the 27th annual Graduate Fashion Week offers a host of inspirational new fashion talent from more than 45 international universities. It features 24 catwalk shows and a panel of new ambassadors ‒ Daniel Lismore, Pam Hogg and Christopher Raeburn. In addition, Diane von Furstenberg joins the line-up of lifetime patrons
Graduate Fashion Week 2018 runs from 3 to 6 June and is set to be one of the biggest and most creative international fashion events this year, with an increased number of student designers from universities around the world.
The four-day event, which takes place at the Truman Brewery in east London, has grown from exhibitions by four universities in 2011 to more than 45 this year, boosting the creativity among fashion students worldwide.
Each UK university will have its own stand for exhibiting students’ work on a personal scale, giving industry insiders, media specialists and recruiters a chance to speak to the designers about their fashion course, style and the inspirations behind their work; international students will have an exhibition space focusing on the diversity of fashion.
New for 2018 is the addition of Diane von Furstenberg in the line-up of the fashion charity’s lifetime patrons; she joins British designers Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham and Vivienne Westwood. In addition, the ambassadors list now includes Daniel Lismore, Pam Hogg and Christopher Raeburn.
Christopher Raeburn on the importance of Graduate Fashion Week
I think increasingly a lot of big brands look to GFW for true, raw creativity. Ultimately it’s a springboard for the next generation and I have to say it’s impressive how ‘complete’ many graduates are when they leave university.
Pam Hogg on what it means to be a Graduate Fashion Week Global Ambassador
Having been in the business a long time, and managed to survive regardless of my unorthodox approach, I feel I’ve a wealth of knowledge to offer from a different perspective.
Daniel Lismore on the impact of Graduate Fashion Week
GFW has become a major moment in London’s fashion industry. The top designers go to find protégés. It’s always full of fresh ideas and I’ve noticed these find their way to the end consumer via the whole spectrum of the fashion industry ‒ from likes of Chanel at the luxury end to the high street stores like M&S.
Graduate Fashion Week 2018
Dates: 3-6 June
Exhibition only: £8
Catwalk show and exhibition: £14.50
International show and exhibition: £14.50Best of Graduate Fashion Week (25 best collections from the 24 catwalk shows): £25
VIP package (exhibition, drinks reception, VIP gala award show): £35
All tickets allow access to all exhibition spaces, panel talks and masterclasses on each stand.
Graduate Fashion Week, Truman Brewery, 1 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR