Ahead of its 30th anniversary this year, Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) has revealed it will move its six-day showcase of young fashion talent to Coal Drop’s Yard in King’s Cross.
The celebration, which has previously been held at the Truman Brewery in East London, aims to host a mixture of both live events and digital livestreams in June and will bring together the final year work of more than 40 universities from around the UK.
“Once again Covid-19 restrictions are creating huge obstacles for our Class of 2021, greatly impacting their final year of studies,” says Graduate Fashion Week’s President, Hilary Alexander. “Their resilience and creativity at a time of adversity is something we should all be looking forward to celebrating.”
Graduate Fashion Week began in 1991, which was the same year then University of Westminster graduate Christopher Bailey, who went on to helm Burberry from 2001-2018, won the organisation’s first ever Gold Prize.
Its founder, designer Jeff Banks, established the annual affair after receiving a letter from a lecturer claiming that fashion graduates from outside of London weren’t able to access the same level of industry attention and opportunities as those in the capital.
In the 30 years since its inception, GFW has become a hotbed of fresh and boundary-pushing fashion talent, whose lifetime patrons include Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and Diane Von Furstenberg, to name just a few.
Graduate Fashion Week will be held from 12-18 June 2021. Find out more about it here.