Blog: Fashion takes over UK Houses of Parliament

Petah Marian | 12 June 2013

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the first ever fashion show to be held in the Houses of Parliament.

The UK is renowned as being a hotbed for young design talent, so it was only fitting that the show highlighted the winners of last week's Graduate Fashion Week.

The event shows that the UK government recognises the importance of the apparel trade, which the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) says contributes GBP37bn to the UK economy.

Yet, there is always more to be done, and the UKFT re-launched its manifesto last night, which outlines its priorities for the year.

To help develop talent, the UKFT is calling for the government to get behind a campaign to educate fashion and textiles graduates on the basics of running a business, as well as a new mentoring programme to help start-up designer businesses.

It is also seeking continued assistance for apprenticeships in the fashion and textile industry.

UKFT CEO John Miln said: "We are delighted that fashion design has reached the House of Commons. This is an important first step in bringing together Government and designers as they launch themselves into business and become the future of this great industry."

Last night's award winners:

  • George Gold Award - Lauren Smith, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Womenswear Award  - Hannah Williams, UCA Epsom
  • Menswear Award - Shauni Douglas & Olivia Creber, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textile Award - Kirandeep Bassan, Northampton University
  • Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award - Thea Sanders, Nottingham Trent University

The event also featured designs from George at Asda's G21 Talent line, which is created by designers from Graduate Fashion Week. Designers include Chloe Jones, Claire Acton, Francesca Quinn and Jessica Piper.


BLOG

Digital pieces of the fashion supply chain take shape

The digital pieces of the fashion supply chain puzzle are starting to come together, according to executives at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany....

BLOG

Latest supply chain leaders?

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex, and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world's leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a ...

BLOG

Finding a solution to the sustainability problem

The key message at this year's Copenhagen Fashion Summit was that the global apparel and textile industry needs to take a holistic view on how it tackles sustainability and responsible sourcing – with...

BLOG

Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement....

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?