If you could imagine a fashion utopia, what would it look like? This British Fashion Council has invited 80 designers to bring the idea to life. WGSN contributor Ella Kirby reports
With its constant re-imagination and growing universal relevance, fashion is ever evolving – what is interesting is the differences that cultures and societies play within this.
In their fifth year at London Fashion Week, the International Fashion Showcase will explore the ultimate fashion idylls from across the world.
Here the British Fashion Council (BFC) will present a series of fashion installations featuring work by 80 emerging designers and curators from 24 countries, ranging from the likes of Guatemala to Nigeria. Not only is this a unique celebration of cultural identities and differences, but also of the fast-developing relationship between both fashion and art within the industry. The initiative will form part of Somerset House’s Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility, and will see the venue transformed into a utopian terrain. This is in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s classic text Utopia and will invite visitors to consider their own visions of the fashion future.
BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chief Critic at Voguerunway.com has high hopes for the entrants, saying “we expect to see the beginnings of many careers starting right here”.
With the winner given the chance to show their collection on the Fashion Scout catwalk, it is undeniably a huge opportunity for up and coming designers to display their work on a global stage – being a city that upholds aspiring talent as pre-eminent, what better place to start than London?
The exhibition is part of the London Fashion Week public programme from the 19 – 23 February 2016.
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