This year it has moved to The Truman Brewery in East London which was really easy to get to from Victoria Coach station although we did manage to get lost walking from the tube to the venue!
The idea was that it would be inspiring and aspirational but, in fact, I found the quality of the work intimidating. It’s hard to image that in two years it will be our designs on display. It was, however, very useful to see exactly what will be expected of us in our final year.
Over the years Graduate Fashion Week has launched the careers of British designers like as Stella McCartney, Julien McDonald and Christopher Bailey plus Burberry’s Christopher Bailey who won the very first GFW so it is a very important platform for new designers. I don’t have any ambitions to work as a designer but I do want to make cutting edge wearable fashion and, of course, to achieve a First. My results so far have been around the 70% level so I need to up my game next year to be comfortably within the grading band for a First.
We didn’t get to see any fashion shows but had a good look around at the different university stands and all the graduate’s portfolios were on display which was very interesting. I definitely need to spend more time on my portfolio presentation. From the very first page it should grab attention and portray the essence of your collection.
I’m working on a post of inspirational portfolio pages but in the meantime here are some images from Graduate Fashion Week which I didn’t take so they have all come from Google images and a YouTube video which will give you a good taster of the event.