Graduate Fashion Week is proud to announce that the renowned International Catwalk Competition returns for the fifth year running on Wednesday 7th June at 12noon, in partnership with Swarovski.

Swarovski is supporting Graduate Fashion Week for the first time, sponsoring two awards including the new Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award and the International Catwalk Competition, which is set to be the largest show yet in the history of the worldwide competition. Furthermore, Swarovski will also be providing 28 crystal trophies for the award winners which will be presented during the daily award shows and the prestigious Gala Award Show.

The Swarovski International Catwalk Competition invites the world’s leading fashion institutes to enter their best and most innovative students for the opportunity to showcase their collection at Graduate Fashion Week. 32 participants will show on the London catwalk from design schools worldwide, including The New School Parsons in New York, Donghua University China, Bunka in Japan, Accademia Costume & Moda Rome and numerous other European institutes.

In addition to the International Catwalk Competition show, Graduate Fashion Week hosts an exhibition with talks and masterclasses to enable international course leaders and graduates to meet with industry experts and to build contacts.

“Swarovski is committed to supporting emerging talent, working with the next generation of designers to inspire innovation and change in the industry. We are pleased to support Graduate Fashion Week with two prizes that celebrate some of the most exciting young designers emerging today – it is a pleasure to be part of their journey”
Nadja Swarovski – Member of the Swarovski Executive Board  

The winner of The Swarovski International Catwalk Competition will be announced during the prestigious Gala Award Show that same evening, and receives a prize of £1,000, alongside the opportunity to showcase their collection with Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week this coming September. For 2017, an additional two runners up will receive prizes of £500 for 2nd place and £250 for 3rd place. Additionally, all winners will be offered crystals for use in their upcoming collections.

The respected five-member judging panel is made up of top industry and media figures, including Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, Sara Maino, Senior Fashion Editor of Vogue Italia and Kenya Hunt, Fashion Features Editor at Elle UK.

Adrien Yakimov Roberts, International Trustee at Graduate Fashion Week commented, “Over the past few years it has been fun watching this international element of GFW grow. As International Trustee I have really enjoyed bringing different institutions together under one platform. Today we have over 30 top institutes from all over the world showing in London, in a contemporary world where collaboration has replaced hard competitiveness, united in sharing all our successes and celebrate our differences.  The culture of fashion has many different aspects in different parts of the world and each country enjoys expressing their own identity.”

As part of the new partnership, Swarovski will host a creative hub within the sponsorship floor during Graduate Fashion Week. The interactive space will offer students the opportunity to experiment with crystals and a variety of application methods.  Swarovski will also host engaging talk slots within the GFW Talk Live! studio with key industry figures and team members.

Martyn Roberts, Managing & Creative Director at Graduate Fashion Week said,
”We are delighted that Swarovski is sponsoring the International Catwalk Show Competiton.  They are renowned around the world for their work with graduates and emerging talent, and it is fantastic to have their support for what will be the largest ever show featuring 32 of the best institutes from across the globe.” 


International Universities Partaking in the International Catwalk Competition:

Academy of Design – Sri Lanka
Accademia Costume e Moda – Italy
ArtFuture Design School – Russia
British Higher School of Art & Design – Russia
Bunka Fashion College – Japan
Donghua University College of Fashion and Design – China
École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode Paris – France
FAD International Academy India – India
Fashion Institute of Technology – USA
Fu Jen Catholic University – Taiwan
Istituto Europeo di Design – Italy
Istituto Marangoni Milano, The School of Fashion – Italy
Istituto Marangoni Paris, The School of Fashion – France
Limerick School of Art and Design – Ireland
L’Institut Supérieur Des Arts Appliques – France
Marronier College of Fashion Design – Japan
National Institute of Fashion Technology – India
Pratt Institute – USA
Raffles Design Institute Guangzhou – China
Raffles Design Institute Hong Kong – Hong Kong
Rhode Island School of Design – USA
RMIT University – Australia
Saint Petersburg State University Industrial Technology and Design – Russia
SCAD Atlanta – USA
SCAD Hong Kong – Hong Kong
SCAD Savannah – USA
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design – Israel
Shih Chien University – Taiwan
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute – China
The New School Parsons – USA
University of the Arts, Berlin – Germany
University of Vigo – Escuela Superior de Diseńo y Moda de Galicia – Spain

About Graduate Fashion Week
Graduate Fashion Week represents the future of the creative and inventive design talents worldwide, working with more than 1,000 of the best students and graduates of the most influential and prestigious universities from both the UK and internationally. It is an unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent.

GFW is the world’s largest event for BA Fashion talent and will be taking place on the 4th-7th June 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London.