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IFS 2019 Designers group portrait

International Fashion Showcase 2019 opens at Somerset House until 24 Feb

Written by LC
Published date 12 February 2019

The International Fashion Showcase 2019 - Brave New Worlds opened yesterday, celebrating the work of 16 designers from around the world, with their thought-provoking and inspiring installations. The biennial fashion presentation is a partnership between LCF, the British Council, British Fashion Council and Somerset House.

The designers were supported through a bespoke online programme, developed by LCF, which covered all aspects of business development from brand to sales to fashion and sustainability. They also attended a two week talent development programme at the college last summer ahead of the exhibition.

International Fashion Showcase 2019 participants

Highlights from the exhibition include:

Cedric Mizero who uses objects from everyday life in a Rwandan village to draw attention to the marginalised communities and cultures in his country. However, rather than focus on the negatives often associated with rural life in a developing country, Mizero will celebrate the wealth of village life.

Tom Trandt – the founder of Môi Điên in Vietnam uses UV lights to reveal embroidered slogans of protest about his home country where dissent is illegal.

British Bangladeshi designer Rahemur Rahman worked with young people aged 13-19 from his home borough of Tower Hamlets to produce elements of his space. Working to a creative brief, each participant recieevd an Arts Awards qualification for their participation, which Rahman hopes will support their pathway into working in the creative industries.

International Fashion Showcase 2019 participants

The exhibition is free, open now until 24 Feb. Find out more about the exhibition on the Somerset House website.