Graduate Fashion Foundation returns to LFW


The Graduate Fashion Foundation is to present four emerging designers
during London Fashion Week with its second season of its ‘GFW Presents’
stand within the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion exhibition from
February 14–16.

GFW Presents, has been designed to help graduates launch their brand to
a global audience, and will showcase the work of four Graduate Fashion Week
2019 alumni, who’s collections were part of the Best of GFW Top 28
Collection show – Yen Wong, Leo John Caligan, Sarah Thompson and Africa
Hernandez Martinez.

Each designer will showcase their graduate catwalk collections and
portfolios, plus by being present at the event themselves, the graduates
will be able to benefit from the variety of key audience members who attend
the trade event. One of the aims of the inactive is to give the graduates
access to develop relationships with global retailers and publications and
build their own network of future contacts.

Hilary Alexander, president of Graduate Fashion Week, said in a
statement: “Graduate Fashion Foundation is excited to be able to showcase
four new and exceptional GFW2019 collections in the Positive Fashion
exhibition, which is to be one of the highlights at this season’s London
Fashion Week.

“GFW Presents now in its second season is a marvellous opportunity to
demonstrate the vital role of sustainability and considered design in UK
fashion education and is a fantastic occasion for the Graduate Fashion
Foundation charity to continue the work that we do supporting the future of
the fashion industry.”

The GFW Presents…emerging graduate designer are:

Yen Wong, a graduate of Brighton University, is a womenswear designer
originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her womenswear practice draws
inspiration from her love of craft, exploring elements and techniques from
couture and tailoring, as well as her fascination of heritage and culture.
Yen plays heavily with irony, using humour to playfully discuss matters of
womanhood.

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Graduate Fashion Foundation returns to LFW

Leo John Caligan is a graduate of the School of Fashion at Manchester
Metropolitan University, and his graduate fashion week collection offered
alternative androgynous designs by exploring the westernisation and
domestication of the Philippines through traditional crafts alongside
modern hand-rendered textiles and graphic silhouettes. Creating unique
prints and embroidery, Leo’s work has a heavy influence of his Filipino
heritage combined with his upbringing as an Asian immigrant in UK.

Graduate Fashion Foundation returns to LFW

Africa Hernandez Martinez, a graduate of University of Creative Arts
Epsom, is a womenswear designer born and raised in Spain, who is interested
in preserving traditional crafts and colourful customs as part of cultural
heritage, as well as moving them forward into the modern world. With an
interested in learning from other cultures, she wanted to share the pagan
festivities and traditions of Spain with other communities through her work
to embrace and experience ‘Otherness’.

Graduate Fashion Foundation returns to LFW

Sarah Thompson, a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, is a British
designer who grew up in rural northeast and her collection explores the
relationship the British farming community have with their clothing with a
focus on practicality, durability, and the ability to mend. Her graduate
collection features family remnant clothing, that Thompson has
deconstructed, mended and reformed into new pieces.

The Graduate Fashion Foundation charity represents more than 90 UK
international universities and helps thousands of graduates each year to
secure employment and prepare for the industry. Outside of the annual
exhibition in June, the charity aims to continue promoting graduate’s work
and with that increase employment opportunities and enterprise, in UK and
abroad.

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Images: courtesy of the Graduate Fashion Foundation



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