LONDON: The British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion, UAL and Somerset House have teamed up to present the International Fashion Showcase (IFS), which will give 16 creatives from across the globe the chance to represent their respective countries via a series of immersive installations showcasing their menswear and womenswear collections and exploring the issues of politics, sustainability, identity and heritage.
The upcoming edition will feature designers from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Georgia, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Netherlands, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and Vietnam.
Highlights will include the ‘vagina’ trousers worn by actress and singer Janelle Monae in her ‘PYNK’ video, which were created by the Dutch designer Duran Lantink, and everyday objects from a Rwandan village, used as part of Cedric Mizero’s installation in a bid to highlight the marginalized communities and cultures in his country. Vietnamese creative Tom Trandt will use UV lights to display embroidered slogans of protest about his home country — where dissent is illegal — and Colombian Laura Laurens will show work from her ongoing collaboration with three LGBTQ+ members of the indigenous Emberá community.
“As vast, daunting and digitally-driven as the fashion industry can be, the most vital, exciting ideas often originate from self-expression and personal relationships,” said Sarah Mower MBE British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chief Critic at Vogue.com, in a statement. “This year, by inviting the 16 emerging designers to London for a summer residency, the International Fashion Showcase took the principle of fostering personal exchange and interaction to the next level.”
The IFS will be a free exhibition as part of London Fashion Week, and an award will be presented to one winning designer during the event this month.
London Fashion Week runs February 15 – February 19.