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Christopher Bailey appointed as Graduate Fashion Week's first patron

The British designer is also joined by fellow patron Victoria Beckham

By Andrea Tim | Published: 9 Nov 2015

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Christopher Bailey and Victoria Beckham are giving back to young talent. The two were appointed as the first ever patrons of UK's Graduate Fashion Week, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last Thursday.

Christopher and GFW go way back – he was the very first winner of the Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award, more than two decades ago.

"I was not in a position to continue my studies," the Burberry chief creative reflected at the awards. "My family did not have that funding available. Graduate Fashion Week gave me a cause, by paying for my scholarship at the Royal College of Art, which completely changed the way I see design. So I owe everything to Graduate Fashion Week and now it's our responsibility to give those same opportunities to the young talent coming out today."

Victoria, who is an award-winning designer herself, said in a statement that she wants to support young talent.

"I'm honoured to become a patron of Graduate Fashion Week," she said. "It is so important to support and mentor young people and GFW provides an essential platform for them at this important time in their life. I'm delighted to be joining Christopher Bailey, working together on such a worthwhile project."

Related: Karl Lagerfeld to receive major accolades at British Fashion Awards


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