Graduate fashion week is the most important week in any fashion design student’s calendar.
The annual showcase is a chance for graduating students from across the country to show off their final year collections to some of the industry’s top dogs. And for any budding designers, next year’s event is set to be a whole lot more exciting than usual.
To celebrate its 25th birthday, the student showcase has enlisted the help of two members of fashion royalty.
Yep, Christopher Bailey, the chief creative and chief executive officer of Burberry, and Victoria Beckham (who needs know introduction), have been appointed the first ever patrons of Graduate fashion week.
Christopher Bailey is no stranger to the showcase and is in fact one of the most famous – and successful – alumni of the event. Bailey won the prestigious Gold award when he showed his final collection in 1991, an accolade which soon after led him to bagging his first big design job at Donna Karan.
Speaking about the impact the prize had on his career, Bailey said: “It became a fundamental stepping-stone in my career, giving me a platform that allowed me to pursue the incredible opportunities that I have experienced since.”
And Bailey is not the only famous face to start out at Graduate fashion week. The fellow alumni list reads like a who’s who of fashion, and includes designers such as Stella McCartney, Antonio Berardi, Marchesa, Julien MacDonald and Sophie Hulme.
While Bailey may have worked with Victoria’s son Romeo at Burberry (Romeo is the cutest addition to their Christmas campaign), this is the first time he has worked with Victoria Beckham herself on a project.
The details of what their new roles will involve have yet to be announced, but we can’t wait to see what these two fashion heavyweights will bring to this important initiative. And, imagine the excitement if VB was sat FROW at your graduate collection show?
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By Elizabeth Bennett