Don't miss the new talent at Graduate Fashion Week 2015

If you want to see the future of fashion, forget your crystal ball and just snap up some tickets to Graduate Fashion Week. The four-day showcase of young designers kicks off on Saturday 30 May, with over 1,000 students and graduates showing their collections at the Truman Brewery in east London.

The annual event attracts 30,000 guests to watch catwalk shows, meet young designers and attend industry talks. This year, renowned fashion editor Hilary Alexander will interview supermodel Erin O'Connor on stage, and Claire Wilcox, the curator of the V&A's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty show, will talk about how she created the ultimate designer exhibition.

Graduate Fashion Week has an impressive history. In 1991, a young man called Christopher Bailey won the first ever Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award. Twenty-four years later, Bailey is the designer at the helm of Burberry, one of Britain's most globally successful brands. Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald have also taken part in the event over the years.

With students coming from all over the UK, from Northumbria University to the Manchester School of Art, plus international graduates flying in from Paris, Russia, and beyond, there's an astonishing range of work to be seen. Recent years have included everything from psychedelic space suits (courtesy of Taiwanese designer Angus Chiang) to furry streetwear (from Camilla Grimes of the Manchester School of Art). Fashion is all about the next big thing, and Graduate Fashion Week is the place to find it.

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  • Words: Hattie Crisell