Conducting research is one of the core tasks of a costume designer. When working in this field, it is wise to keep an eye on the British Fashion scene, so you can discover any new innovations which would improve the way you produce costumes. The scene’s crowning event, London Fashion Week, is due to be held once again later this month. Helen Beaumont explains everything you need to know…
Intro to Fashion Week
London Fashion Week is a bi-annual event, where top industry designers, models and insiders come together to reveal the coming season’s hottest trends. London is one of four global fashion capitals, along with New York, Milan and Paris, so its Fashion Week is considered one of the most important.
London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 runs from 16th to 20th September 2016. During this five day showcase, a number of the country’s best designers and brands are expected to display their new collections to the press and the world. The Mirror reveals that this includes high street brands such as Top Shop and established British designers such as Burberry, Christopher Kane and Mary Katranzou.
Attending the shows
Fashion Week events, both in London and other fashion capitals, are traditionally closed off to the general public. However, if you are a fashion blogger, you can apply via the London Fashion Week website to attend the shows. For your application to be successful, you will need to submit samples of your fashion content and prove that you have a substantial following on social media.
But there are a number of ways you can get involved in London Fashion Week. Marie Claire writes that industry body the British Fashion Council (BFC) will be live streaming some shows online, allowing you to see the highlights. Just like last year, the BFC’s live streams will also be shown at outdoor locations across the UK, so you can enjoy London Fashion Week with like-minded style enthusiasts.
It is important to note that the designers of Regent Street, one of London’s premier shopping districts, are also hosting a number of events you can get involved with during London Fashion Week. You will be able to be sketched by an iconic fashion illustrator, attend seminars held by leading fashion industry heavyweights, such as Amanda Wakeley and Henry Holland and do a whole lot more!
You could also attend the BFC’s London Fashion Weekend. Held between 22nd and 25th September, this is an open-to-the-public series of events, with tickets starting from £20. London Fashion Weekend Spring/Summer 2017 includes panel discussions with industry experts, the chance to shop with 150 fashion editor approved brands and view catwalk shows from the likes of Sibling and Preen.
Meet the latest trends
Fashion is such a dynamic industry, changing rapidly from season to season, as old trends die and new ones rise to take their places. Make sure you check out what is going on at the next London Fashion Week, so you can meet the latest trends. You could always draw on examples showcased by top designers to find new inspiration as an aspiring costume designer, as you establish your career!
About Helen Beaumont
Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.