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Northern Fashion Week teams up with the University of Sunderland as official education partner

This brand-new event is set to take the North by storm. Northern Fashion Week is curated by the team behind New Talent Fashion and promises to champion northern talent and develop northern industry, showcasing the most exciting emerging and established designers and brands in the fashion world, with catwalks, talks, networking, exhibits, panels, the Northern Fashion Week Awards and more.

Providing a platform for the next generation

NFW is a go-to for the next generation of the fashion industry, and will also be working alongside local university institutes and regional educational providers to support their growth and development, facilitating a sustainable future for the British fashion industry.

NFW is on the lookout right now for university partners, so lecturers, teachers, students, we want to hear from you! If you want to be a part of this pioneering event and make history at the first Northern Fashion Week, get in touch.

Today, Northern Fashion Week can announce that it has teamed up with the University of Sunderland, joining the event as an official education partner.

Naomi Austin, ​​Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design and Promotion at the University of Sunderland said,

“The University of Sunderland is thrilled to be involved in Northern Fashion Week. As one of only a handful of universities based in the far North East of England it can be expensive and logistically difficult to participate in design events, mainly held in London.

Being a part of NFW means that our students on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Promotion will get the opportunity to showcase their amazing work to a wider audience as well as becoming far more visible to employers in an area where many jobs exist in our industry.

There is a wealth of talent in the North, which the creative industries need to have better access to. NFW is enabling this to happen, providing far more opportunities for networking between staff and students from other universities.

I always thought there was a real need for this sort of event, so everyone at Sunderland is very excited that NFW is finally happening! See you all in July 2022!”

Northern Fashion Week Awards: Entries open NOW, Judges and Awards Categories revealed

NFW is delighted to announce the first-ever Northern Fashion Week Awards, with winners to be unveiled at next year’s event. Today, NFW can reveal the panel of judges who’ll be crowning winners of categories including Diversity UK, LGBTQI+, The Northern Honorary, Sustainability, Up and Coming Influencer and Graduate awards. A complete list of awards categories can be found here.

The Northern Fashion Week Awards are open NOW, and that means open to ALL! Candidates can submit entries themselves, or be nominated by another party. NFW encourages entries from underrepresented communities within the fashion industry – and advocates of diversity, inclusion and equality, championing new talent from the North of the United Kingdom in particular. Award entries close May 2022.

NFW judges are experts in their field, trailblazers in the industry who have been hand-picked to judge specific awards categories based on their specialisms. And here they are, unveiled for the first time:

  • Sam Hudson-Miles, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design suite at the University of Huddersfield
  • Lauretta Roberts, Co-Founder and CEO of
  • Jeffrey Thorpe, Programme Leader in Fashion Design at University of Leeds
  • Hajra Khan, Fashion Journalist and Broadcaster
  • Caroline Gration, Founder of the award-winning ‘The Fashion School Group’
  • Dale Hicks, CEO of The Fashion Network
  • Sass Brown, Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London
  • Laura Winson & Zoe Proctor, Co-Director’s at Zebedee
  • Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia,  Founder and CEO of Beaumont Organic
  • Sonal Sohal, Senior Mentor Officer at the University of Westminster
  • Lucy London, Director & Programme Leader at Jimmy Choo Academy London, Creative Director at London Queer Fashion Show, Global Educator at UAL    
  • Helena Grezsk, Chief Operating Officer and Mental Health & Wellbeing lead for the British Beauty Council

NFW Speakers unveiled for 2022 programme

Northern Fashion Week is delighted to be welcoming speakers and panellists covering all areas of the fashion industry. They’ll be joining us at the event to share their expertise, experience and opinions, as well as join in on networking sessions and panels. NFW’s speakers include journalists, make-up artists, designers, educators, visual merchandisers, influencers and more:

Sam Hudson-Miles / Lauretta Roberts / Jeffrey Thorpe / Hajra Khan / Bruce Montgomery / Terese Hulls / Caroline Gration / Dale Hicks / Sarah-Mace Dennis / Hope Von Joel / Sass Brown / CK / Olivia Callaghan / Sean Liddell / Stevieroy / Bandy Kiki / Sophie Bradbury-Cox / Francesca Perks / Naomi Austin / Hannah Eichler / Zoe Proctor & Laura Winson / Holly Marston / Emma Hill / Fergal Doran / Joseph Mountain / Dr Richard Tomlins / Khandiz Joni / Cory Barrett / Hafiz Hudson / Fotios Vasileiou / Lucinda Graham / Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia / Sonal Sohal / Lucy London / Helena Grezsk / Siobhan Clare O’Donnell

FashionFoundation joins Northern Fashion Week

FashionFoundation has been announced today as social enterprise partner for NFW 2022. ​​A joint initiative between CBGC Creative Industries and New Talent Fashion, FashionFoundation is a social enterprise based at Fargo Creative Village looking to nurture, develop, promote and retain talent in the historic and inventive city of Coventry. At NFW, FashionFoundation will be highlighting Coventry and showcasing the emerging talent and innovation coming from the city, as well as hosting its own NFW breakout event.

A word from Founder CEO, Siobhan Clare O’Donnell

“Today is such an exciting day for us at Northern Fashion Week. We’ve been busy planning and preparing in the background for months now, and can finally lift the lid on what we’ve been working so hard on. A huge thank you to our judges, and our amazing speakers and partners, who will play a vital role in making NFW a success in its first year. As an event, and an organisation, our main aim is to champion and develop talent and industry in the north of England. This is at the heart of our values. We’re incredibly proud to be delivering an event which is accessible to all, and showcases fashion in all its forms. We hope it’s going to open doors, create new networks and professional relationships, drive change and allow the northern fashion scene to flourish. It’s more than a fashion week, it’s a movement.”

Taking place in the heart of Manchester City Centre

Northern Fashion Week is taking place at Manchester Central, in the heart of Manchester city centre. Shaun Hinds, CEO at Manchester Central said,  “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the very first Northern Fashion Week to Manchester next year. As a venue that sits firmly in the heart of Manchester, we are incredibly proud of our great city region and all it has to offer. This event is set to shine a light on the creativity and innovation within the sector and, importantly, the incredible established and emerging talent that exists in the North. We can’t wait to see the show come to life at Manchester Central; it’s set to be a fantastic one!”

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