Events & Competitions

Events & Competitions


Business Skills Seminar

The Business Skills Seminar aims to highlight the importance of business skills within the fashion design industry. The seminar draws together key industry speakers to explain in detail the key areas of setting up a designer business including: the construction of a business plan, setting up a design studio, fabric sourcing, costing, sales and marketing, production and manufacturing.

Creative Pattern Cutting Seminar

The Creative Pattern Cutting Seminar invites students and lecturers to observe professional pattern cutters showcase a variety of different techniques and demonstrate ways of developing new and innovative ideas for design. The seminar also exhibits potential career paths in this area.

Fashion Industry Update

Fashion Industry Update informs course leaders about the latest developments in the industry and provides insight into the personal and business challenges the speakers have faced. 

Graduate Preview Day

Graduate Preview Day gives industry professionals an opportunity to assess the talent about to emerge from the UK’s top fashion colleges as well as to foster relationships between graduates and the industry. The event is attended by professionals from different spheres of the industry, including representatives from Net-a-Porter, Vogue, Burberry and Topshop. On the day, competition winners are announced and awards are given to students and institutions for portfolio quality. 


The BFC Colleges Council partners with various fashion companies to run industry-led competitions, which offer students prizes to enhance their portfolios and increase exposure to the industry. Prizes can include graduate placements, paid internships, cash bursaries and garment manufacture. The BFC is uniquely placed to bring the creative industries together in support of arts education. The BFC has recently collaborated with Burberry, Givenchy, The British Library, MTV and YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group.  

YOOX NET-A-PORTER ‘The Runway Collection Competition: Faux Fur’

This is a research project open to all fashion students and courses that are members of the BFC Colleges Council. 

The project asks students to consider how to combat the negative environmental impacts that the production, use and end of life of synthetic faux fur products can have on the environment. Students are invited to offer an innovative solution to one of the following three issues:

1. Short Life Cycle (throwaway culture)
2. High Chemical Use and Processing
3. Use of Synthetic Materials (and subsequent environmental impact)

Using preferred mediums of communication to execute ideas, ranging from fashion design, textile development, photography, moving image or digital advertisements, students will be given access to the #YNAPRunwayCollection archive footage containing over 5000 hours of vintage and rare catwalk shows, spanning from 1979 – 2010 as inspiration.

Submission deadline is Monday 14th December at 5pm.

To download the full brief, click here.

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