Graduate Fashion Foundation United Kingdom
Graduate Fashion Foundation is a charitable organisation and an essential part of the fashion industry. It is the springboard for new talent, the life force the whole industry relies on.
Over the past 30 years, more than 100,000 newly graduated and undergraduate students have been supported and guided by the charity. GFF aim’s remains the same today; dedication to encouraging young people, helping them find employment and get the best start possible in the fashion industry. An unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent, Graduate Fashion Foundation bridges the gap between graduation and employment and is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first ever Gold Award and now a Lifetime Patron of the charity; Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien MacDonald to name a few. The organisation was founded in 1991 by Jeff Banks CBE, Vanessa Denza MBE and John Walford to unify both UK and international universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries to find the best talent. It's Lifetime Patrons include Christopher Bailey MBE, Victoria Beckham OBE, Nick Knight OBE, Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE RDI, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nadja Swarovski, and Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI. GFF annually presents Graduate Fashion Week, the largest showcase of fresh BA fashion in the world, which features catwalk shows, university exhibition stands, talks, masterclasses and workshops.