LONDON HOSTS NEW DESIGNERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Above: the Indonesian contribution to International Fashion Showcase 2016 - Dian Pelangi/Dion Muharrom ©BFC.
Work by emerging fashion designers from 24 countries features as part of London Fashion Week in the capital from February 19th to 23rd.
The International Fashion Showcase is a series of specially commissioned and curated fashion installations featuring work by emerging designers from all over the world. More than 500 of the most exciting international designers from 80 countries will have exhibited in the IFS initiative.
This year it is part of Somerset House’s 'Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility' which will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s inspirational text, 'Utopia'.
The exhibition will be arranged over 14 galleries, 13 of which will represent a country. There will be one group installation, ‘Next in Line’, curated by Shonagh Marshall and sponsored by Italian mannequin manufacturer Bonaveri, which will feature designers from 11 further nations.
The countries taking part in IFS 2016 will be:
Austria, Czech Republic, Egypt, Guatemala, Indonesia, Lebanon, Korea, Portugal, Philippines, Nigeria, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine.
Next in Line: Argentina, Bahrain, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, United Arab Emirates.
Country installations include:
- The Czech Republic’s installation seeks to capture the free-spirited, and often unconventional, voices of a new generation of designers.
- Guatemala portrays Utopia as an everyday action that makes a wish come true or instigates change, and each designer will create miniature versions of their designs as traditional worry dolls.
A series of seminars, visits and mentoring opportunities, organised by London College of Fashion, will help designers prepare for the showcase. The Designer Support Programme will bring together a network of LCF affiliated academics and researchers, to offer mentoring opportunities and business development during IFS.
A prize-giving ceremony during London Fashion Week, chaired by a panel of industry experts, announces a winning Country and Designer, as well as a Curator Award sponsored by Bonaveri.
More on London Fashion Week AW16 here.