Bailey and Beckham’s School Project

by Kristen Heinzinger

Victoria Beckham and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey have been named the first patrons of Graduate Fashion Week this year, which marks its 25th anniversary.

Bailey, who showed at Graduate Fashion Week in 1991, was the first winner of the program. “I was extremely fortunate to have won the first Graduate Fashion Award over 20 years ago,” Bailey said at a catwalk show at The Houses of Parliament in London last night. “It became a fundamental stepping-stone in my career, giving me a platform that allowed me to pursue the incredible opportunities that I have experienced since.” Bailey joins alumni including Stella McCartney, Antonio Berardi, Marchesa, Julien MacDonald, Christopher Raeburn, Agi & Sam, and Sophie Hulme.

The next Graduate Fashion Week will take place from May 30 to June 2, 2016, and will include more than 22 shows by students from nearly 60 universities. No word on whether Central Saint Martins student Antonio Banderas will be among them.

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