Julien MacDonald to advise students as part of the national Fashion Fringe tour.
15 Aug 2013
Fashion designer Julien MacDonald, OBE, is returning to where his career began as part of an annual UK-wide, talent-spotting tour of fashion departments. Julien studied fashion at the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts, which led to him receiving a scholarship to the Royal College of Art (RCA). He has inspired international acclaim for injecting a high dosage of glamour into the fashion industry, and in 2000 became chief designer at the Paris couture house Givenchy.
The Fashion Fringe Manchester and London, coincides with a call for applications to the Fashion Fringe award. The competition is organised by Colin McDowell, founder and creative director, who initiated the event in recognition that not all fashion industry professionals and students can be London-based. The aim is to help connect young talent in the UK regions with the London fashion scene.
Each year, three finalists of the Fashion Fringe award get the opportunity to produce their first solo collection for a catwalk show at London Fashion Week, gaining them instant acknowledgement from the industry. The overall winner receives a two-year development package, which includes a mixture of financial support, business advice, mentoring and an equipped studio at Somerset House in central London, to set up and sustain their business.
The Brighton event takes place on 19 March when Julien MacDonald will be joined by other panellists representing different areas of the fashion industry; from designing and styling to buying, merchandising and journalism. They will talk about their own career experiences and students will be given the opportunity to ask the panel questions and build important connections to further their careers.