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Who we are

Graduate Fashion Foundation bridges the gap between education and employment. Our mission is to bring together graduates, fashion educators and industry leaders to support and encourage the next generation of talent to reach their full potential once they have completed their studies.

Over the past 30 years, more than 100,000 newly graduated and undergraduate students have been supported and guided by the charity. GFF aims remain the same today; dedication to encouraging young people, helping them find employment and get the best start possible in the fashion industry.

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Who we are

Graduate Fashion Foundation bridges the gap between education and employment. Our mission is to bring together graduates, fashion educators and industry leaders to support and encourage the next generation of talent to reach their full potential once they have completed their studies.

Over the past 30 years, more than 100,000 newly graduated and undergraduate students have been supported and guided by the charity. GFF aims remain the same today; dedication to encouraging young people, helping them find employment and get the best start possible in the fashion industry.

Graduate Fashion Foundation

Graduate Fashion Foundation

An unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent, Graduate Fashion Foundation is responsible for launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, who was the winner of the first-ever Gold Award and now a Lifetime Patron of the charity; Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Ashish Gupta and Julien MacDonald to name a few. Find out more about our work, our patrons and the GFW event here.

Graduate Fashion Foundation is proud to be selected as the UK partner for PVH funding to create new pipelines into the fashion industry to people from all backgrounds as grassroots level.

We will increase awareness of and access to opportunities in the fashion industry for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities.

 

Fashion Minority Alliance

In addition to its educational initiatives, workshops, mentoring and community collaborations 2020 saw FMA create and launch the first known global Talent Directory that houses a pool of Black and underrepresented talents from different spheres of the fashion, beauty, lifestyle industries and beyond. The Directory allows users and companies alike to filter its database by name, job title, industry, location, years of experience and language to find an appropriate match.

 

Most-recently Fashion Minority Alliance has garnered international media attention for its fair pay initiative for backstage glam artists and underrepresented talent showcase that unfolded during New York and Milan Fashion Weeks respectively as well as the launch of its

 global Internship Agency.

 

The PVH Foundation Makes Global Investments to Amplify Awareness and Access in Fashion

The PVH Foundation will invest US $10 million to create opportunities for underserved and underrepresented communities.

As part of the PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH] Inclusivity and Diversity launched in 2021, PVH, through The PVH Foundation, is proud to announce new investments totaling $10 million USD over the next four years in global nonprofit organizations, to support their unique programming and initiatives aligned with the company’s Inclusion and Diversity priorities. 

The initial list of selected partner organisations with Graduate Fashion Foundation being the UK partner, will all increase awareness of and access to opportunities in the fashion industry for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities. 

 

PVH will work with these partners to support programming for high school students and training for individuals with “non-traditional” backgrounds seeking new career opportunities in the fashion industry. High school students from underserved and underrepresented communities will be provided opportunities to explore careers in fashion, develop technical skills, and participate in mentorship programs.

Individuals from “non-traditional” talent pipelines, such as those re-entering the workforce or seeking a career change, post-high school students who are not college graduates, and immigrants will have the opportunity to leverage skill-building and practical training to prepare for success in the industry.

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post-high school students who are not college graduates, and immigrants will have the opportunity to leverage skill-building and practical training to prepare for success in the industry.

 

“With driving fashion forward for good at the core of everything we do, our new partnerships will help PVH make a greater global impact in our communities” said Stefan Larsson, Chief Executive Officer, PVH Corp. “As a company, we are committed to making a difference with inclusion and diversity, and we look forward to elevating the next generation of innovators around the world.”


PVH worked closely with our TommyCares partner, Fashion Minority Alliance too. 

  • Graduate Fashion Foundation: Graduate Fashion Foundation bridges the gap between education and employment. Their mission is to bring together graduates, fashion educators and industry leaders to support and encourage the next generation of talent to reach their full potential once they have completed their studies.

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