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Graduate Fashion Week 2017 offers mentorships with British designers Oliver Spencer and Henry Holland
This runs in line with its partnership with Tu at Sainsbury’s.

By Isabella Griffiths

12 May 2017

Graduate Fashion Week has announced its partnership with Tu at Sainsbury’s for the second year running. Following the success of last year, the 2017 will see both a womenswear and menswear graduate receive a scholarship within the Tu design team. Furthermore, the graduates will embark on a year-long mentorship with acclaimed British designers Oliver Spencer and Henry Holland.
 
Building on Sainsbury’s commitment to support new emerging talent, the winning graduates will both complete a paid 12 month placement with Tu’s design department, culminating in the launch of their own collection in-store. The winners will be coached by the in-house team and gain insight into the fashion industry, from buying through to design. This follows the success of 2016’s winner, Genevieve Devine, who repurposed her winning final collection for Tu at Sainsbury’s with mentoring British designer, Holly Fulton.
 
The winning menswear graduate will have access to British designer Oliver Spencer, whose involvement in the programme will include monthly meetings with the graduates and creative sessions to review the winner’s collection for Tu. In addition to this, Spencer will invite the winner to experience a day at his design studio, as will Holland with the womenswear graduate. 
 
“I am delighted to be working with GFW and Tu at Sainsbury’s,” says Spencer. “This gives a great opportunity for graduates to get first-hand knowledge of working within the industry, from the factory floor to the shop floor. In an age where sustainability and quality are such a driving force it is important that we show the way for the next generation so they can tread a sustainable pathway within our industry,” he adds. 
 
Graduate Fashion Week will run from 4-7 June 2017.


 
 
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