As part of London Fashion Week AW17, the International Fashion Showcase 2017 hosted a Local/Global themed event at Somerset House, with each of the countries exhibiting featuring the work of their emerging designers, and highlighting different aspects of their rich cultural heritage, with a contemporary twist.

Entrance to the West Wing Galleries. Curated by MA Fashion Curation alumna Shonagh Marshall

Entrance to the West Wing Galleries. Curated by MA Fashion Curation alumna Shonagh Marshall

In the foyer of the West Wing Galleries was a mini exhibition within the showcase , called Next in Line, which was curated by MA Fashion Curation alumna Shonagh Marshall. This display featured designs from, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Panama. This part of the display showed personal interpretations of diverse cultures and local techniques, with reflections on universal experiences. The result is a rich and valuable conversation about what it means to be a fashion designer and a global citizen.

BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration alumna Alina Zamanova’s work also appeared, printed onto fabrics for the Ukrainian offering at the IFS. In Wish You Were Here the designers sought to find a place to pause, reflect and prepare for the new journeys that emerge from their experiences.

For the second year running LCF alumni Sabry Marouf (MA Fashion Artefact and MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation) also appeared at the showcase, with their collections reflecting on cotton’s lifecycle – from seed to harvest, thread to garment, farming women to global consumers.

Congratulations to all of the LCF alumni who impressed IFS audiences once again. We look forward to coming back again next year, to celebrate global fashion talent.