Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) has announced Gap Inc. as its sponsor for the GFW International Fashion Award catwalk show for 2019.Returning for a fourth year, Gap Inc. will be present with four brands from the company’s portfolio Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta. The global retailer is bringing recruitment teams from the US to Graduate Fashion Week in London, who will be on the ground meeting students and hiring for roles in the US.
The International Fashion Award started with four universities six years ago and its 2019 edition will feature students from 40 international universities including leading design schools around the world, such as The New School Parsons in New York, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in China, Osaka Institute of Fashion in Japan, AOD Sri Lanka, Accademia Costume & Moda in Rome and numerous other international institutes.
The winner of The International Fashion Award sponsored by Gap Inc. will be announced during the prestigious Gala Award Show the same evening and will receive a prize of £1,000, alongside the opportunity to showcase for free at London Fashion Week SS20 under Fashion Scout.
This news confirms Graduate Fashion Week's growing international reach and the crucial role that it plays in launching graduates’ careers; offering a global stage for students to receive exposure to job opportunities within the world's most admired fashion houses and retail brands.
Adrien Yakimov Roberts, International Trustee at Graduate Fashion Week, said: “We thank Gap Inc. for their support, assisting GFW to bring together graduates from all over the world. This showcase unites international graduates allowing them to explore their cultural diversity through the medium of fashion. GFW International appreciates the patronage of this global brand giving so many an opportunity to show in London, home of fashion opportunities."
Gap Inc. will also be sponsoring the 100 capacity GFW Live Talk Space, hosting more than 30 talks over the event in June, including VIP interviews, advice masterclasses and workshops. During the event, Gap Inc. will host three brand panel talks within the GFW Live Talk Space, led by the brands’ design and recruitment teams.
Graduate Fashion Week is the world’s largest event for BA Fashion talents and it will be taking place 2-5 June 2019 at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London.