UK’s current clothing & textiles manufacturing position – £21 billion net – £37 billion gross and £1.5 billion worth of clothing and accessories manufactured in the UK /2010 Figures. Essential to our economy and essential to all of us everyday. The Fashion Trust – Sussex Fashion Awards - is a charity and it’s simply disappointing to find @FashionSussex twitter feed hacked. Many homegrown fashion professionals are donating their time to help other young people across Sussex achieve higher status. You may not like fashion but there’s millions of people that do. We’d appreciate the service restored. www.twitter.com/FashionSussex
Visit Britain, the UK’s national tourist agency has recruited Victoria Beckham, to act as an international ambassador for the GREATS campaign, helping to promote the best of Britain around the world, whilst under the spotlight this year, with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Victoria’s ready-to-wear range is now sold in over a credible 300 stores globally. Photoshoot taken with Vogue’s supremo Anna Wintour at New York’s Grand Central Tube Station before the start of AW 2012/2013 NY Fashion Week.
New York’s Grand Central Station saw British Fashion Greats gather including Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Cover girl Karen Elson helping to raise overseas awareness of British fashion talent, focusing on reasons for investment and visiting the UK. Victoria acting as an ambassador for this initiative being photographed in front of a subway train covered in a Union Jack flag.
The ‘Greats’ campaign is promoting aspects of UK culture; including technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, knowledge, green, heritage, sport, shopping, music and the countryside and now being unveiled around the world for 2012 UK tourism.
The Made By Campaign – Made By Britain – Made By Sussex – Made By Brighton & Hove. With an anticipated change in tourist profile across Sussex during the Olympic buildup starting with The Torch Relay landing in Britain 18 May 2012, and continuing over the summer months, businesses were being urged during Autumn 2011, and continually, to consider their domestic marketing strategies and buy British manufactured products to retail, wherever possible, for tourists visiting the UK and regionally across Sussex, to take home with them souvenirs and mementos made from the region.
Summer 2011, Julius Arthur Quinn, a post-graduate designer from Brighton University, nominated in the MP’s ‘Made By Britain’ Hove & Portslade entry, designed a portfolio of Olympic inspired designs for fashions for the UK, Sussex and Brighton & Hove on behalf of The Sussex Fashion Trust. Designs were versatile and translated into graphics which could be used for various business 2012 promotional projects highlighting the diversity of designs and of course, promoting the various regional products on offer. Read more > ‘Made By’ project
Adidas is also the Games’ official clothing licensee, and will be selling Olympic-themed and branded clothes through its own stores and third-party retailers, such as Tesco and Asda. Stella McCartney, the designer was appointed creative director of Team GB. She is providing the team with garments such as their signature tracksuits and has also designed more fashionable “capsule” ranges that will be available on the high street. Next, also a Games official licensee will provide Team GB with their formalwear, such as the suits for the opening ceremony.
Adidas will dress the 70,000 Olympic volunteers, called Games Makers, provide the outfits for the pre-games torch relay and create clothing for the athletes to wear in the Olympic Village as well as kitting 25 of the 26 Olympic sports taking part athletes.
In this the year of the Olympics & Paralympics, celebrating the biggest event taking place in British history this millenium – The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 – have introduced a new sports award seeking to recognise active sportswear which makes a difference through a combination of good design and fabric technology provided by designers, manufacturing, retailers, or Etailers … Read more > The Sussex Fashion Awards 2012
Official Uniforms The London Games 2012
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Sussex Sports Fashion Award 2012
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The Olympic Team GB Kit
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Fash/On Film is a new British Fashion Council initiative sponsored by the retail store group River Island. The scheme aims to support and develop relationships between fashion designers and film makers, providing a showcasing opportunity at London Fashion Week. It recognises the ongoing growth of fashion film as an important creative product of the industry and London’s position at the centre of this film revolution.
Launching this new initiative, River Island will produce a short film showcasing their new Design Forum collection designed by Royal College of Art graduate Julian J Smith; it’s premiere being during London Fashion Week.
As part of this new Fash/On Film showcase there will be special filming presentations during the late Spring in London. It sees the launch of its first nationwide search for emerging film making talent, inviting up-and-coming creatives to submit film ideas in response to a brief set by a leading British designer in conjunction with Fash/On Film.
One filmmaker will be selected to receive professional support and mentoring through the production process, offering a unique opportunity to gain insight into and experience of the fashion film industry. This film will be shown at London Fashion Week September 2012, creating a prestigious launch pad into the fashion and film industry.
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BBC Dragons’ Den are back.
If you have a great idea or invention and looking for cash then make space in your diary – 23 February 2012 – 11 am to 4 pm at The Holiday Inn Seafront Brighton. Businesss Admission FREE. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business Days Event
Celebrating Apprenticeships with a week packed full of activities. If your fashion business feels that it can employ an apprentice, take the opportunity to have a look at the range of training apprenticeships offered by local Sussex colleges where courses and apprenticeships differ between campuses providing a wider choice of subjects taught including business support courses and administration. Help your business grow and provide young people with a better start in employment. Read more > FashionSussex
Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at The V&A London
8 February – 22 April 2012
6 February 2012 is the anniversary of the day 60 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. It’s the official start to her Jubilee – a year packed with celebratory festivities including a fantastic selection of photography highlighting the 60 years reign and following the fashions through the decades. A start to several exhibitions not to be missed across the UK.
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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Design and Innovation with the APPG for Manufacturing, at parliament, put together a project for all MP’s to discover creative and manufacturing talent in their constituency during 2011. Across Sussex, various businesses have been nominated and Hove & Portslade is represented by the Fashion Sussex submission.
Julius Arthur Quinn, ex graduate of Brighton University Fashion & textiles course produced a number of 2012 Olympic inspired prints celebrating International Olympics, The Paralympics and regionally, The Torch Relay which were submitted as Hove and Portslade’s entry and manufactured and produced lifestyle product ranges.
“ I’m delighted that The Fashion Trust in Sussex, can support this campaign for promoting British fashion manufacturing, particularly with the Olympics less than a year away and so many global businesses and consumers observing the UK” … stated Mike Weatherley MP and Sussex Fashion Trustee, July 2011.
Special Sussex Fashion Trust 2012 photo shoot celebrating St Valentines features a beautiful pale green silk couture organza corset dress adorned with hand-twisted roses featuring water droplet swarovski crystals designed by Susie Turner voted Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year Award 2011. Photography by Sarah Bird winner Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year 2011 and features Tess Dimos Sussex Fashion Model of The Year 2011.
Created and managed by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Mayor of London, Britain Creates is an exciting project which is highlighting London 2012 Festival, the UK festival being staged 21st June – 9 September 2012 and is the culmination of the four year Cultural Olympiad.
The Britain Creates 2012 project will be the start of an ongoing artistic project and bursary to support and encourage further collaboration between fashion and other art forms. The money for the bursary will be raised through the auction of the pieces and through the proceeds of a Gala event. To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, prestigious and renowned fashion designers are collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art.
These commissions, focusing on an Olympic and Paralympic value, will be showcased to a broad UK and international audience. 5 July – 20 July 2012 V&A Musuem London Read More > BritainCreates
The UK’s most prestigious and renowned fashioned designers collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art ‘Britain Creates 2012′ include Sarah Burton, Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Stephen Jones, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith, who will collaborate with leading visual artists including Jeremy Deller, Jess Flood-Paddock, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk, Michael Raedecker and Cerith Wyn Evans. Fashion connecting with art celebrating London 2012. Part of The London Cultural Festival running throughout the summer 21 June – 9 September London 2012 Festival
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Are you a fashion related business that would like to win one of the twelve coveted Sussex Fashion Awards 2012 this year?
Only one nomination is required online, but is your business ready to be judged by professionals?
- Is your business website looking fantastic and with up-to-the-minute copy and designs?
- Does your business have full contacts available online?
- Is your business engaging with its customers by using social media fully?
- Has your business a marketing plan and schedule for 2012?
- Has your business media coverage planned and already achieved?
- Has your business customer testimonials about your services on your website?
- Has your business organised any events for your customers?
- So whats new about your business for judges to look at online?
Just some of the many aspects judges will be glancing over after 8 April 2012 when the nominations close and judging commences. Start making your business plans now to win one of the 12 coverted awards.
The Queens Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday takes place 5 June 2012. Exhibitions and events are now starting to be staged across the UK including portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by royal photographer Cecil Beaton at The V&A Musuem, London. This exhibition celebrates Her Majesty in her roles as princess, monarch and mother and coincides with the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. 8 February – 22 April 2012.
Fashion businesses across Sussex can also take this opportunity to learn how they can celebrate this event at the forthcoming Brighton & Hove Business Days presentations being held free for business visitors at The Holiday Inn 26 January 2012. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business
The Medieval and Renaissance Room Victoria & Albert Museum London
Featured designer Juliana Sissons Couture Collection from the Medieval and Renaissance Room Victoria & Albert Museum London
Sussex based Fashion designer, Juliana Sissons, participated in the V&A’s Artist in Residency programme recently. During this time Juliana used the V&A’s medieval and renaissance galleries for research and was particularly inspired by the armour collection and by images depicting armour within the many tapestries and sculpture. www.fashionsussex.co.uk
More wonderful fashion creations from Sussex designers including this stunning bridal shoot by fashion photographer, Eastbourne based, Luke Woodford www.imbourne.com and designed by Kevin Freeman of Renaissance Creative Designs of Brighton, finalist recently in The Sussex fashion Awards 2011, featured by Vogue Italia.
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We’ve added a special q&a feature about how your business can get nominated in The 2012 Sussex Fashion Awards >
Awards on offer
- Sussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Eco Designer Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Model Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Online Etailer of the Year Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Ambassador Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Childrenswear Award 2012
- Sussex Fashion Sportswear Award 2012
With special thanks to everyone who has helped during 2011 donating their time to promoting British, Sussex and Brighton & Hove design and manufacturing.
Suzie Turner for wonderful couture outfits provided for the second year Sussex Fashion Awards launch and voted Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year 2011 - Sarah Bird for photography voted Sussex Fashion Photographer 2011 – Tess Dimos the face of Sussex voted Sussex Fashion Model 2011
Branding and Identity by Jan Rust of My Identity Ltd
Shot on location at The Hilton Brighton Metropole
Vince Cable recently announced the allocation of £125 million Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain Fund for British manufacturing.
Lord Sugar debated British manufacturing in the House of Lords calling for more support for British Manufacturing not just by the government but also by consumers.
In his address to the House of Lords on the 8th December, Sir Alan Sugar, highlighted two key points calling for the government to allocate some of its fund to finance incubator factories, left empty in industrial units, to help start up businesses to manufacture their products in the UK.
Lord Sugar was quoted as saying ” low cost merchandise can’t be manufactured (in the UK) but high quality can be” …
“ Remember when Made in Britain was a very proud statement for manufacturers… and I do believe that we are still capable of producing quality products in this country…”
He stated that the lack of patriotism from consumers could be addressed by a nationally recognised ‘Made in Britain’ logo which the government should ‘dip their hands in their pockets’ to fund.
Earlier 2011, a ‘Made in Britain’Marque was launched and profiled by Stoves, the renowned Aga manufacturers, who conducted research and designed an updated British Marque - highlighted by Fashion Sussex. Read more > http://fashionsussex.co.uk/new-made-in-britain-marque-for-manufacturers-in-brighton-hove-sussex-uk/
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The University of Brighton has produced talented artists and designers to follow in the footsteps of past graduates including the legendary Biba designer Barbara Hulanicki, Julien MacDonald – voted British Designer of the Year 2001 – and Gresham Blake, Brighton’s modish tailor to the stars.
Fashion Courses available 2011-2012 Brighton University Sussex include
· BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)
· BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)
· MDes Fashion with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)
· MDes Textiles with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)
Updated information now available – fashion agencies, jobs & training information; cv tips; apprenticeships Read more > jobs page Fashion Sussex
Jake Leith, President of The Chartered Society of Designers, Head of Business & Professional Practice for Fashion & Textiles ( and Design & Craft) at the University of Brighton and has over 20 years’ experience of successfully running his own design practice and 12 years as a teacher-practitioner as well as The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards trustee was delighted to attend the Prince Philip Designers Prize awarded by The HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony recently at the Design Council during November 2011.
Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators and the man who created the world-famous images of the Big Friendly Giant and Matilda, was named the winner of the 2011 Prince Philip Designers Prize by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The awards saw a number of high profile fashion nominees including Stephen Jones one of the UK’s foremost milliners, who has transformed millinery since first opening a salon in 1980, and who has trained other leading designers including Philip Treacy and Noel Stewart. Sir Paul Smith, arguably the most successful British fashion designer ever. Since opening his first shop in Nottingham in 1970 he has built an international business that has defined the way three generations of men – and latterly women – have dressed.
About Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake is perhaps best known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books, but his distinctive pen, ink and watercolour drawings have also accompanied the work of many other children’s authors like Michael Rosen and Joan Aiken. He has illustrated Dickens, Carroll and Lear as well as originating his own characters including Mister Magnolia, Mrs Armitage and Clown.
Since his first drawings appeared in Punch when he was 16, Blake has become recognised around the world in a 60-year career. He became widely known in the 1970s, presenting the BBC’s Jackanory, where he illustrated the various stories on screen. He became the first ever Children’s Laureate in 1999.
Left to right HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Quentin Blake, Jake Leith.
The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more.
The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors,aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.
Initial criticism was made whether Britain should have the reference ‘Great’ but clearly London now recently voted the capital of EU shopping provides every reason why.
London has been ranked as the best European city for shopping with competition from 33 other cities including Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in a research report, The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe,* published during November 2011.
London was described by the researchers as ‘a globe shopper’s paradise’The UK’s tourism minister, John Penrose, welcomed London’s top ranking, saying
…“The capital’s shopping experience – whether at Christmas or any other time of year – is second to none. Next year the eyes of the world will be on us as we host the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – this award once again shows that London really has something for everyone.” …
The Sussex Fashion Trust promotes regional fashion raising the profile of fashion across Sussex and is delighted to see in its first year, 6 of the 8 design & manufacturing product sectors as winners of the 12 awards up fo grabs in The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards 2011. Fashion and accessories strictly designed and manufactured from the Brighton & Hove, Sussex region as well as other areas across the UK. – clearly highlighting that fashion elite are spread all across Great Britain. Read more > Fashion Sussex