About us

Advocating an inherent propensity towards the progressive application of innovative design, creativity and artistry by individuals in their work, careers, and manifestations; Brighton Fashion Week exists to support, nurture and encourage the development,
careers and success of distinct and innovative emerging talent within the fashion industry. Brighton Fashion Week was born by serendipitous necessity, the need to give voice to the creative individuals that are taking control - of their work, their output, and their vision. The distinct and discerningly recognized platform that we offer, which has nurtured and supported emerging design talent for the last 4 years, is growing in size and stature exponentially, with a trail of successes, and an auspiciously intensifying limelight.

We showcase a range of key designs, ideas, skills, concepts and innovative artistry; providing a platform of exposure in order for both these influential and potentially game-changing matters to be recognized, and the individuals themselves. We ask you to join us and invite you to give the nod to fashion; that peculiar and dynamically diverse seedbed capable of cultivating such dexterous creativity and artistry that impacts and influences so much of our ideas, minds and everyday lives.

Brighton Fashion Week is a fresh, innovative event that has earnt it's place on the international fashion map. As the UK’s biggest platform for new fashion design talent outside of the capital, the last five years have seen us showcase collections from over 700 new designers, and stage unique fashion and art events in a huge variety of Brighton venues.

We offer dynamic programming that asks new and exciting questions of the very industry we are part of, and dare to be different in all that we do.

    Brighton Fashion Week 15th - 18th October 2015

    In 2015, we return from the 15th to the 18th of October to bring you a curated programme of events in a variety of venues across the city. We are building on previous pioneering work in sustainability to bring you a programme with sound ethical principles at its core, and our three major catwalk shows this year are designed to foreground these. We have started to increase consumer awareness around the social and environmental impact of clothing through our events, social media and press coverage over the past two years and wish this to increase further. We now have decided to bring criteria around sustainability in fashion into ALL aspects of the event (the three main catwalk shows) as we feel this is an essential step that the fashion industry needs to take. Brighton Fashion Week is produced by FAQPOP, a not for profit Community Interest Company committed to producing high quality public events in fashion and the arts. We have twelve years experience in programming, production and promotion. Brighton Fashion Week has seen the success of many of its past designers and been an unequivocal catalyst in this. Brighton Fashion Week has created opportunities that have catapulted the careers of many designers and we are now extending that opportunity to you.

    10% Early Bird Discount

    Designers can benefit from 10% discount across our Sustain and Zeitgeist catwalk shows. Deadline for early bird entries is the 5th July 2015.

    The Venue

    The catwalk shows will be taking place at All Saints Church, a unique venue in the heart of Brighton & Hove. The church can seat 600 guests per show. Here is a link to a virtual tour of the church. http://www.brightonsarchitecture.com/allsaints/flash/1.html (pls click on the index to see inside the church)

    The Shows

    For many designers and artists, catwalk shows are the best way to raise their profile and showcase their vision and collection to a large international audience. Brighton Fashion Week catwalk shows typically include twelve designers with twelve looks and include a pool of models that will be shared with other designers in the show There are three main shows at Brighton Fashion Week • Sustain Catwalk Show - Friday 16th October Our Sustain Showcase advocates sustainability through the presentation of work by designers and practitioners that combine innovative fashion design, technology, current cultural needs and insightful ethical thinking, which produces unique and efficient collections - as important as they come. It highlights the hugely exciting work going on in the sustainable ready to wear society. • Zeitgeist Emerging Talent - Friday 16th October Zeitgeist Emerging Talent returns as our cornerstone showcase of remarkable talent from emerging designers who are, or will be, shaping, shifting, and progressing fashion design and the industry by starting to integrate ethical design within their practice. Designers need to pass certain criteria to be suitable for our Zeitgeist catwalk show this year. Zeitgeist has seen the success of many of its previous designers, therefore it is so important for us to use this show as a model from which other fashion weeks can follow. We embrace sustainability in fashion in a new light. We understand that designers cannot always be 100% sustainable in their design process. We believe that there should be realistic milestones in place that designers can adhere to so they can adopt sustainable practices in their current work. Therefore we are asking designers participating in our Zeitgeist show to make one pledge towards sustainability. It is mandatory that ethical practices are used in the production process. • Showreel Design Competition - Saturday 17th October A design competition, where designers, artists and creatives work from a ‘Beauty from Waste’ brief for this spectacular show where fashion, art and performance collide. Showreel 2015 is a design competition. The theme for this year is Beauty from Waste. 1-3 designs can be entered either through physical pictures (if the designs already exist) or drawings. If selected then only one of the proposed outfits will be showcased. Each entry needs to have a description of materials used, meaning and explanation behind the design and how the outfit is worn. Those selected and shortlisted to participate in Showreel will have the chance of winning an award with one winner receiving £1000, one runner up will receive a prize yet TBC. Designs for showreel must be made out of 100% recycled materials and consist of a whole outfit. Judges for Showreel include: Jarvis Smith - PQ Magazine & My Green Pod Cat Fletcher - Owner of Freegle and Resource Goddess (More to be confirmed) "I am so delighted that Brighton is taking the initiative forward and WFTO can be a part of it. We need to connect consumers to sustainable and Fair Trade fashion, for a world that is not just more responsible but good looking too." Christine Gent Director, WFTO Asia

    What's included in the show fees?

    • Fully professionally equipped catwalk venue • Sound and light technicians • Advice and mentoring from professionals • Dedicated fashion producer and team • Choreography and show production • Music Producer • Stylist • PR and social media support • Own dedicated interview for our blog • Sponsored make-up team • Sponsored hair team • Front of house staff • Backstage refreshments • Sound and lighting technicians • After party invitations • Models (pool shared with other designers) • Backstage team * Industry Networking • Full listing on website with supporting images (Not included for Showreel entries) ADDITIONAL COSTS MAY INCLUDE: • Designers must provide own shoes for models to support their collection and show • PR (We strongly advise designers to actively participate in their own PR to maximise their reach)

    Entry Fees - Early bird booking 10% Discount for Sustain and Zeitgeist Catwalk shows

    • Sustain catwalk show £700 • Zeitgeist catwalk show £800 • ShowReel design competition: Entries are charged at: *1 entry: £25 *2 entries: £40 *3 entries: £50 (maximum of 3 designs) Only 1 design will be showcased at the event if selected. ***Those selected to showcase at Showreel will need to pay an additional £100 towards production and showcasing costs for the event. We have a separate application form for this event. For early bird bookings we are offering a 20% discount off catwalk shows if you confirm before the 5th July 2015. Brighton Fashion Week is happy to offer a payment plan for any designer that wishes to use one, as we do not want to prevent any designer from applying for cash flow reasons. One applicant will be awarded a free catwalk space, selected by the FAIR shop.