The International Fashion Showcase, established as a platform for
emerging designers to exhibit their work during London Fashion Week, has
confirmed that it will return in 2019 and will feature 16 emerging
designers from across the globe.
The biennial fashion presentation, hosted in partnership between the
British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion, UAL
and Somerset House, will showcase up-and-coming fashion talent from
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Georgia, Italy, Kenya,
Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uruguay
Each designer will showcase their collections as part of a free
exhibition that will allow both industry professionals and the public to
discover emerging fashion talent during London Fashion Week in February
Key designers set to take part includes Duran Lantink, from the
Netherlands, whose ‘vagina’ trousers drew global attention in Janelle
Monae’s PYNK video, as well as self-taught Georgian designer Irakli Rusadze
of Situationist and Rwandan Cedric Mizero for his bold ‘fashion for all’
16 emerging designers to take part in 2019 International Fashion
For the first time, each designer will also be supported through a
bespoke online programme, developed by London College of Fashion, UAL,
which will cover all aspects of business development from branding to sales
and production to sustainability. They will also travel to London this
August to attend a two week talent development programme, ahead of the
February 2019 exhibition.
The aim of the tailored cultural residency and business skills training
is to give the emerging designers the professional support that is often
difficult to access, provided by some of the UK’s leading fashion and
creative experts, said organisers in a press release.
International Fashion Showcase adds bespoke training programme for
The designers will spend one week at Somerset House Studios where they
will be supported by a range of studio artists whose skills and expertise
range from ethical fashion and sustainability to tech. Another week will be
spent with experts from London College of Fashion, UAL reviewing their
business and brand development goals. During both residencies, the
designers will explore, test and develop a series of collaborations and
creative projects that will form part of their installations in February’s
exhibition, and be given important insights into all aspects of business
from branding and communications to sales.
The International Fashion Showcase has been gaining a reputation as a
springboard to international recognition, with 8 designers who have
previously shown have gone on to be nominated for the LVMH prize, 32 have
been nominated for the Woolmark prize and 4 have won the Hyères awards,
these include Bodice and the- sirius. In addition, 15 have gone on to show
on schedule at London Fashion Week including Per Götesson, Rejina Pyo and
Xiao Li, while 5 were awarded NewGen sponsorship.
International Fashion Showcase will take place from February 11-25, 2019
at Somerset House.