UK hosts designers from 25 countries


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(Image: Portugal will participate in the IFS. ©Agnes Sonvito for British Council)

The International Fashion Showcase will host emerging designers from 25 countries as part of London Fashion Week.

The event reflects the UK capital's reputation for supporting new talent in the creative industries by providing opportunities to engage with the UK fashion industry and build international connections.

It is being run by the British Council, British Fashion Council and Mercedez-Benz and the theme of this year's exhibition is local/global, with each country exploring the influence of place on fashion. As part of the showcase, the West Wing Galleries at Somerset House will be transformed.

The designers will receive support and business development opportunities - including the opportunity to show work on a catwalk - from organisations such as the London College of Fashion, the Designer Support Programme and Fashion Scout.

Sarah Mann, Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council, said: "The International Fashion Showcase continues to go from strength to strength, providing a unique opportunity for emerging fashion designers from all over the world to demonstrate the strength and diversityof global fashion during London Fashion Week."

Caroline Rush CBE, chief executive of the BFC, said: "Each year London is proud to host the IFS designers who from all over the world bring their local stories and culture told through the lens of fashion." 

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