Graduate Fashion Week has announced the cancellation of their 2020 series of shows, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Originally due to take place in June 2020, the annual Graduate Fashion Week normally attracts 30,000 guests, features 20 catwalk shows and exhibition stands, alongside a packed schedule of talks, masterclasses and workshops from leading names in industry.
In a statement, the company said: “After careful consideration, following a trustee meeting today, where the options of postponement, curtailment, event redesign and a combination of all of the above were discussed and based on the evolving guidance from the World Health Organisation, national government and health agencies, we have decided that the GFW event could not possibly go ahead in the past format.
“The cancellation of this year’s event will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredibly talented final year students, our global member universities and our supportive sponsors and partners, who have been working so hard to make this event happen.
“While we are not taking over the Old Truman Brewery this summer, we are determined that all of the magic of GFW is not lost for the class of 2020. We will be launching a series of activities that will allow GFF to showcase students’ work, with more information on this to follow.
“We continue to communicate with our ticket holders and business partners, including our suppliers and sponsors directly. Anyone who purchased tickets via Eventbrite will be offered the option of either a refund of the full face-value of their ticket or to donate the money to Graduate Fashion Foundation in support of the future of the charity.”
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