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Graduate Fashion Week 2019: The Talent of Tomorrow

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For 28 years, Graduate Fashion Foundation has brought us the spectacle that is Graduate Fashion Week - and in doing so has earned itself a reputation for introducing us to some of the most exciting young UK designers of recent times.

 

With the careers of Christopher Bailey MBE, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, and Julien Macdonald, among many others, all being launched at GFW, recognition at this event is a real honour for graduate designers. 

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

Every year, GFF hosts a photoshoot where a select few graduate designs are submitted for final selection by a distinguished stylist and photographer. This year though, for the first time ever, GFF has introduced the Talent of Tomorrow: a group of 12 final year students currently on courses that showcase at GFW were invited to shadow and work at the photoshoot alongside these professionals, giving them the chance to gain invaluable experience and add impressive work to their portfolios.     

 

With creative direction by inimitable fashion photographer Erika Astrid and stylist Jennifer Mertens, here’s the product of a creative collaboration like no other:

 

From L-R: LOOK 1 by Chelsea Flinn of the University of Huddersfield, worn by Rachel Sealey. 

LOOK 2 by James Siddons of Manchester School of Art, worn by Rashpal Amrit. 

LOOK 3 by Chloe Bagge of Leeds Arts University, worn by Victoria Magrath. 

LOOK 4 by Billie Rose Hart of the University of East Londonworn by Mercedes Benson. 

LOOK 5 by Jessica Parsons of Birmingham City University, worn by Chloe Street. 

LOOK 6 by Nid Matomela of the University of Salford, worn by Suleman Kudus. 

LOOK 7 by Ellie Thomson of Edinburgh College of Arts, worn by Jade Pearl.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 8 by Agnese Balsamini of the Academia Costume & Moda, worn by professional model Kayoung.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 9 by Brian Mc Lysaght of Edinburgh College of Art, worn by professional model Joseph.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 10 by Charley Parr of the University of Central Lancashire, worn by professional model Joseph.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 11 by Demi Hardy of Southampton Solent University, worn by Influencer Jade Pearl.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 12 by Jasmine Farmer of Nottingham Trent University, worn by Influencer Victoria Magrath.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 13 by Jogaile Zairyte of the University of Portsmouth, worn by professional model Kayoung.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 14 by Katherine Jane Watts of the University of Portsmouth, worn by influencer Suleman Kudus.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 15 by Lisa Gerstendfeld of the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, worn by professional model Kayoung.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 16 by Margaret Sam of Kingston University, worn by professional model Joseph.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 17 by Megan Grinham of Norwich University of The Arts, worn by influencer/journalist Chloe Street.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 18 by Mikkel Kunze of the University of West London, worn by influencer Rashpal Armit.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 19 by Venus Chen of the University of Portsmouth, worn by influencer Rachael Sealy.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 20 by Alexandra Fan of Edinburgh College of Art, worn by professional model Joseph.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

LOOK 21 by Carline Zhou of the University of Salford, worn by professional model Kayoung.

 

Image credit: Erika Astrid.  Image courtesy of The PHA Group.

 

For more information about the graduate designers, their collections, and what inspired them, you can visit the Graduate Fashion Week website here.

 

Graduate Fashion Week will take place from 2nd-5th June so be sure to check back next month for our coverage straight from the shows themselves!

Lead image credit: Erika Astrid. Image courtesy of The PHA Group.




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