For the fourth year in a row 130 emerging designers from 30 countries will come together in the largest public fashion exhibition of its kind and the only British Council and British Fashion Council initiative which is open to the public for free during London Fashion Week.
Allowing a first glimpse of some of the most exciting new international designers, the exhibition covers four continents and is arranged by country, with each presenting their own curated exhibition. First Liliana Sanguino will devise an exhibition for Colombia that reinterprets the country’s traditional basket weaving, print and quilting techniques.
Each garment will be displayed in a scaffold installation which represents the processes of regeneration and development in Colombia. Meanwhile the Japanese segment will show a durational performance to represent the ever-changing nature of fashion in collections that explore two Japanese fashion extremes: the minimalist sensibility of traditional clothing (wafuku) and Japanese interpretations of Western-style dress (yofuku).
Five designers from Nigeria, including Lagos Fashion Week Young Designers alumni Kenneth Ize and Adebayo Oke-lawal – whose label Orange Culture was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize – will present collections which reinterpret the fabrics, print and shapes of traditional Nigerian costume in an exhibition designed by Nigerian creative agency WhiteSpace and UK-based Foxall Studios. Finally, the Poland Showcase will present an installation of three scenes: couture pieces in an apartment setting; ready-to-wear presented in a street scene; and a Polish “night out”.
In a prize-giving ceremony during London Fashion Week, a panel of industry experts, chaired by Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and European Editor-at-Large of Vogue.com, will award a country, a curator and a designer with a trophy designed by emerging Brazilian jeweller Fernando Jorge.
London Fashion Week: International Emerging Designers, 20-24 February 2015, Brewer Street Car Park, access via 17 Peter Street, London, W1F 0AL London. For more information visit www.londonfashionweek.co.uk.
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1. Czech republic Designer Hana Frisonsova. Photographer Vendula Knopova. Courtesy of London Fashion Week.