Thursday, February 2, 2012


Press Release

International Fashion Showcase

Looks by designers participating in the International Fashion Showcase

LONDON, UK - The British Council and the British Fashion Council have just announced the inaugural International Fashion Showcase to take place during London Fashion Week, February 2012. 

19 embassies and cultural institutes across London will open their doors and display the work of over 80 international emerging designers. The public, together with international press and buyers, will have the opportunity to explore the collections of some of the most innovative, emerging fashion designers from around the world. 

The first project the British Council and the British Fashion Council have collaborated on, this new showcase is part of the Fashion 2012 Cultural Programme and has been developed to celebrate the year of the Olympics and Paralympics and honour its values of international respect, excellence, equality and friendship. Countries participating in this showcase include Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Caribbean, China, Croatia, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Sierra Leone, United States and Uzbekistan. 

Each country has been asked to present a selection of emerging designers whom they feel most represents the future of fashion in their region. Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Contributing Editor to US Vogue, will chair an advisory panel that will judge each piece of work, with an award given to the country that presents the best emerging fashion talent showcase.

United States Showroom


• American design school Parsons will present 10 of its first US graduate students in fashion design at Benjamin Franklin House. Four of the participating designers were finalists of the Alexander McQueen Metropolitan Museum Exhibition competition.

• The Flanders Fashion Institute will present a selection of emerging fashion talent from Belgium including: A.Knackfuss, Cedric Jacquemyn, OMSK and WOLF by Sofie Claes at the Exhibition at London Fashion Week. Part of this exhibition will be a special installation created by Ra, the Antwerp based concept store.

Belgium Showroom

• The Chinese exhibition unites a diverse community of designers from Mao Jihong, the designer and entrepreneur behind EXCEPTION, to Xander Zhou, listed by Forbes in their Top 25 of most influential people in the fashion industry in China. 

• Three young designers from Estonia will present an exhibition of work including Kaspar Paas, winner of the Estonian Young Designer Award, who currently designs for John Lobb and who will be launching his own brand of footwear during this event. 

• Vogue Talents was developed out of the scouting activity undertaken by Vogue Italy and it will present eight talented designers at the Italian Cultural Institute in London embracing Ready-to-wear, menswear, accessories and jewellery.

Italy Showroom

• The Embassy of Japan’s exhibition brings together young milliner Kaji Masahito and emerging designer Kawanishi Ryohei, a recent Central Saint Martins BA graduate, who both create bold works showing great sensitivity, which will be on display in a showroom off the main courtyard at Somerset House. 

• The Korean Cultural Centre will explore the new generation designers from South Korea, showcasing 8 british educated designers who in a short space of time have developed high profile collaborations with artists such as Lady Gaga as well as international media attention. 

• A selection of the best emerging African talent from Botswana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone will be on display at the British Council offices, curated by the V&A's Carol Tulloch.

Nigeria Showroom

The project is directed by Anna Orsini, British Fashion Council Strategic Consultant and by Alison Moloney, British Council Adviser Architecture, Design, Fashion, Arts Group.
Source: British Fashion Council

Korea - Minky Jeamin Ha: What men live by. Photo by Louis Park

Belgium: Photograph by Sebastien Bonin / Designer: a.KNACKFUSS / Model: Marine D

Designer twenty(2)too: Photograph by Tibi Clenci for Romania

Photograph by Mao Ji Hong for China

Designer: Jewel by Lisa; Photograph by Casey Brooks for Nigeria


  1. Looks like these are all interesting designs.:)

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

    1. Thank you for your comment and congratulations on your recent Cosmopolitan feature. Well done!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...