The GCU British School of Fashion will develop, nurture and support new management talent for one of the world’s most dynamic and highly-competitive industries, worth £21 billion a year to the UK economy alone.
The British School of Fashion will be based at GCU London, a satellite campus of Glasgow Caledonian University, which already enjoys the support of some of Britain’s best-known fashion institutions, including Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, AllSaints and the Arcadia Group, as well as a host of influential figures in the international fashion industry who are Honorary Professors of GCU.
The British School of Fashion is located, fittingly, in Fashion Street, Spitalfields, one of the most stylish parts of London’s East End, and is a major development of the University’s business of fashion activities which have already attracted worldwide attention.
“The remit of the School is clear: we are about the business of fashion,” said Professor Christopher Moore, Assistant Vice-Principal of GCU and the first Director of the British School of Fashion. “And while there are other great international design schools, we are quite different. Our aim is to be a leading School for the business of fashion. The British School of Fashion gives us a clear and focused identity that will be very much about moving into the next generation and beyond.”
The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies, CBE, hosted a fashion industry dinner at GCU London to launch the British School of Fashion.
“The fashion industry is diverse, complex and highly-challenging,” said Professor Gillies. “Students and industry leaders come to GCU in recognition of the quality and depth of the expertise, knowledge and extensive networks we can share with them. What has been so gratifying has been the unparalleled support of the British and European fashion industry at the highest levels. We have been delighted to welcome so many of the industry’s most influential figures as Honorary Professors of GCU. They include Ray Kelvin of Ted Baker, Ian Grabiner of Arcadia, Nick Robertson of Asos, Belinda Earl of Marks & Spencer and Patrick Grant of Norton and Sons. Sharing their experiences through GCU master-classes, for example, is just one of the ways they bring immense added value to students and staff alike.”