Cambridgeshire designers can make a splash in Milan

Published: 19 August 2011 at 15:54

Exciting opportunity to take part in major international fashion week

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Five Cambridgeshire-based fashion designers have been offered the opportunity to take part in next month’s Milan Fashion Week – one of the biggest events in the fashion world.

Creative Front Cambridgeshire, based at Anglia Ruskin University, is working with their special interest group, Cambridge Design Collective, to support five Cambridgeshire-based designers in showcasing their spring/summer 2012 Collections in the capital of Italian fashion.

Milan Fashion Week was established in 1958 by Camera Nazionale della Moda and has since evolved into a leading industry platform.  Showcasing big names such as Gucci, Versace, Giorgio Armani and Prada, it is one of the ‘Big Four’ global fashion weeks, alongside Paris, London and New York.

Andrew Martin, one of the founders of Cambridge Design Collective, said:

“This is an incredible opportunity to not only highlight local fashion designers within Cambridgeshire, but also to enable them to showcase their work to international press, buyers and industry players.”

The financially-assisted package is intended to give fashion industry professionals a unique opportunity to market their products and gain experience in international trade.

Five successful applicants will get to present to an audience of international retailers and journalists at the Corteggiando fashion event alongside designers from Italy, Spain, Austria and Germany. On return to the UK they will also attend a two-day workshop exploring international trade in the fashion industry, run by UKTI.

The package costs £250 + VAT, but individuals will be able to claim 50% of their expenses (up to £1,000), plus marketing and PR costs.

Anyone interested in applying should do so via Creative Front (events@creativefront.org), by sending five to eight high-resolution images, as well as a statement about their business and why they should be selected for this opportunity.

Applications must be received by Wednesday 24 August and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed following the initial selection process. More information on the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.creativefront.org/milanfashionweek