See Inside The British Council And British Fashion Council's International Showcase

15 February 2014 by

Not received an LFW invite? Why not head down to the International Fashion Showcase to get a taste of the action. We popped into the launch party to see what it's all about.

Held at 180 The Strand in London, there's pieces from emerging designers from 13 countries on display at the exhibition open to the public until February 23.

There's work from nations as widespread as Argentina and Austria, China and the Czech Republic at the event run by the British Fashion Council and the British Council. Plus there are satellite events showcasing designs from countries including Brazil, Panama and Romania in other venues around the city.

'In multicultural London, where so many international fashion students study,' says BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent Sarah Mower MBE. 'We also appreciate that talent can come from all and any background, and that in fashion, everyone is wide open to being excited by individuality, variety and difference.'

BFC International Fashion Showcase

The main exhibition is presented in a minimalistic warehouse-style venue with different areas identified by different smells, interior designs and lighting.

Highlights for us included Portugal's greenhouse filled with tropical plants and bejewelled greenery-inspired shift dresses from young designer collective 'Bloom'.

We're also big fans of China's display. Fluffy stuffed-toy style dresses were presented in an eerie dark room as cartoons played on a big screen.

Meanwhile over in Vietnam, Nguyen Cong Tri's mesh dress was a definite showstopper and one of our favourite looks on show and we spotted a gem-encrusted over-sized dinosaur necklace that tickled our fancy.

It's definitely worth checking out.


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