The FOCUS era has come to a close, leaving with it an immense feeling of pride and achievement in the loud, impressive production orchestrated by the students involved in the committee, and a sensational charitable donation now in the hands of the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
But for everyone inspired by FOCUS, a new year brings a new opportunity to create and evolve. And as exams have ended and we all go home (or away) for summer, our new committee have been elected and are meeting to begin working on GUCFS’s most exciting project yet! Twenty-seven heads are buzzing with ideas for our next journey… But for now, GUCFS would like to introduce a select few of 2019’s ground control.
President: Raphaella Gordon-Saker
Fourth Year - Art History
Fun fact: I dislocated my elbow this year at Daft Friday.
I joined GUCFS in my first year as a Brand Ambassador. It was the perfect way for me to fuse all of my interests together, I’ve always been interested in the creative spheres but also have quite a business-orientated mind, and wanted to merge these to make a difference. This will be my fourth year in the society, its been incredible watching GUCFS grow year by year and I’m very excited to see what we can do this year.
Vice President Operations:
Third Year – History
Fun fact: I’m double jointed in both my thumbs.
I joined GUCFS after going to HORIZON in my first year and being a part of it is the best thing I’ve done at UofG! Last year I was Director of Charities which allowed me to have a hands on experience with working with the charity and organising GUCFS’ fundraisers as well as getting to know everyone in the society. I’m really excited about being Vice President for GUCFS 2019 alongside Eilidh and can’t wait work with her and the rest of the committee to help GUCFS grow and build on our success from last year!
Model Management: Sam Holburn
Fourth Year – Sociology
Fun fact: I failed my driving test first time round with three majors, luckily I passed it second time round, with just one minor... practise makes perfect!
This year I am in charge of Model Management after being a model for the past two years. I joined GUCFS two years ago as I hadn't really got involved with any societies at uni and my pals Eilidh and Raffy recommended it to me as a fantastic society. Since then we have raised over £30,000 for charity which is ridiculous and I can't wait to see what we can raise next year. I'm already so excited for the rehearsals at the beginning of next year because it's the first step towards the start of the the big show, which will be incredible!!
Head of Womenwear:
Second Year – Sociology and Film & TV Studies
Fun fact: I’m an identical twin!
I have always been passionate about fashion and all aspects of the industry so when I found out about GUCFS I had to get involved. In my first year I was a dresser at the FOCUS 2018 show; it was an amazing experience and gave me a chance to get involved backstage which was very exciting. For the 2019 show, I managed to achieve the role of Head of Womenswear which I am so excited about! It’s a fantastic chance to make connections in the industry and experience what working in the industry would actually be like. I am so grateful to have this role and opportunity and can’t wait for the year ahead! I’m so excited to see the show come together and start working on photo shoots.
External Marketing: Lauren Donaldson
Third Year – Law
Fun Fact: I am so clumsy I once shut my hand in a sliding taxi door and broke it in two places!
After seeing the success of HORIZON when I was in first year at Glasgow University, I knew I wanted to become part of GUCFS so I applied to be a Brand Ambassador for FOCUS 2018. I loved the experience and learned so much taking part in the BA projects such as working with the publicity and marketing teams. This year, following my experiences as a BA, I decided to apply to for a role on the marketing team and have now taken up the External Marketing role! I knew I wanted to join a society at university, but none seemed right for me until I heard about GUCFS. It has allowed me to make some amazing friends while doing something so worthwhile for charity. I am able to put my interests in fashion, business and charity to good use!
Above: Saskia Lenart
In June three members of the GUCFS team, past and present, attended the Graduate Fashion Week 2018 in London. As volunteers they were able to soak up the culture and atmosphere surrounding the show whilst experiencing vibrant London life. Below you will be able to read their thoughts on the designers, the shows and the talks they witnessed whilst there.
Creative Director 2017-18, graduated with Honours in Sociology & Politics, studying Public Relations at UAL
Graduate Fashion Week is a mix of catwalks from different universities, talks with industry professionals, stands/stalls from different universities and most importantly AWARDS. As part of my role as a Volunteer, I was in the Judges/VIP Lounge area. Every day I was assigned to a new award with a new set of judges. On my first day I attended the Boohoo Social Media Awards; on day two the Bonmarché Fashion For All Awards took place and on my final day I got to experience Debenhams Menswear Awards where Youtuber, Jim Chapman, was welcomed as a judge!
As Creative Director for FOCUS 2018, I strategically sought out young designers for the show and our shoots. I feel that their designs have not yet been limited by a brand image, and thus young designers are more inclined to try more things (often crazy things). I discovered at Graduate Fashion Week that the key objective for students was to present their collection, their project and their concept to the judges. One of my favourite designers, who actually ended up winning the Bonmarché Fashion For All Award, was Bethany Wainwright. She has produced a well considered concept of nude bras that match an individual’s skin tone. Coherence with this philosophy can also be seen through their social media strategy and even their packaging!
Being part of GUCFS’ Creative Department does not just mean you look at clothes and organise the show, you collaborate with all departments, including marketing, sponsorship and production to create a well-rounded and cohesive event. From my debriefing with the judges at the award ceremonies, it was clear that for the students who had thought through every detail of their brand image and project a massive difference would be made to their placement in the awards ranking.
One of the key aspects I enjoyed about being a Graduate Fashion Week volunteer was the opportunity to meet people from the industry, and to try and see new things. I got to see Aurélie Fontan’s collection (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bju2mydBlny/?taken-by=officialgfw) created from natural elements with the aim of promoting sustainable fashion. It is one example of amazing ways in which each collection had an original, and often sustainable, idea behind it. The originality of their designs shows that young designers influence the fashion industry greatly. The young designers of today could become the icons of tomorrow.
Favourite catwalks of the week plus my tips if you interested in taking part in the future;
Jennifer’s collection was definitely the coolest thing on earth. I love details and structure so her collection was EVERYTHING to me. She created a dress with safety pins, which was very hard to put on.
TIP: Don’t forget your safety pins!
Brand Ambassador 2017-18, 2018-19, Second year, English Literature & Politics
I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at Graduate Fashion Week in London for their final day. The final day included some of the most exciting events of the week such as the Swarovski Show, the ‘Best Of’ Show and the Gala Show.
My first job of the day was in the catwalk area and was rather simple... I stood stand with a large purple ‘lollipop’ to help direct the judges and trustees to the correct seating area - no training was needed for that! As the day went on I was involved in other things such as turning over the catwalk area quickly for the next show, helping to direct all the guests to their seats, and then welcoming people on the door to check them in for the Gala Drinks and Show.
Checking in the guests in was my favourite part of the day because I had the opportunity to meet a lot of the people who were attending the final show from all around the world. This included the finalists themselves, their university professors, people from the media and from the industry such as Hilary Alexander, from the Daily Telegraph, and Julien MacDonald, fashion designer and judge on Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model.
I got to see so many different collections on the catwalk and students winning awards throughout the day, and I’m probably lucky to have been there on the last day due there being a selection of the best. However, I did of course have a few favourites...
Wako Takato’s selection of suits from Nottingham Trent University could fit right into Harry Style’s current wardrobe. The choice of colour and the slim fit tailoring complimented each other to create a fun yet sophisticated looking suit. The stand out for me was the pink striped pattern that had a sense of bold androgyny and created a daring attitude.
Another favourite of mine was the winner of the ASOS future talent award for Communications for the creation of original LGBT+ publication ‘Fruitcake’ that strives to ‘giv[e] people the ability to tell their own stories to inspire and empower through creativity’.
Head of Womenswear 2018-19, Second year, Film & Sociology
I also had the amazing opportunity of volunteering at Graduate Fashion Week 2018 held at the Truman Brewery in London. I was based in the cat walk seating area; my job involved arriving at 9:30am and working for the full day. Like Alice, I created seating plans and organised seating for judges, trustees and sponsors.
Working in this department meant seeing a lot of the shows which was such a fantastic position to be in. Throughout the day I had the opportunity to explore the stalls and visit some live talks; one of which was held by Francisco Costa, the previous creative director of Calvin Klein. It was such an inspiring talk to be able to attend and gave me a huge insight into the high end fashion industry.
One designer that particularly stood out for me was Nadia Atique, Graduate Womenswear designer from Liverpool John Moores University. Her designs caught my eye due to her beautiful concepts of elegance and modesty combined with a fun and vibrant look in order to create the perfect football fan collection for modest women.
This experience was invaluable in giving me the chance to explore different areas in the fashion industry, and gave me the chance to gain experience working under time constraints. It was fantastic to be able to be a part of an amazing team to help put together the shows.
We are honoured to reveal that this year the Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show will be supporting Simon Community Scotland. In 2016, the charity celebrated 50 years of their work combating the causes and effects of homelessness in Scotland, with the vision that one day everyone will have a safe place to live and get the support they need.
Simon Community Scotland’s mission is to help people experiencing homelessness overcome the problems they face through a number of incredible services. Last year alone, their 160-strong team of staff provided assistance to over 3,000 people. Some of their most valued services are:
We would highly recommend that anyone wondering how they can do their bit to help those in need should consult Simon Community Scotland’s hugely informative website, which gives advice on how to help and answers to common questions you might have about interacting with vulnerable people; something as simple as initiating a conversation can have a valuable impact in itself.
For the past 50 years Simon Community Scotland has been making a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable people in Glasgow. We have been bowled over by the amazing work of Simon Community Scotland and are looking forward to working hard alongside their incredible team to generate awareness and raise funds for this special cause. Committee members now face an exciting and busy summer ahead as we plan fundraising events ranging from the Edinburgh Kilt walk to abseiling!
Hi, I’m Lois, I am in charge of Campus PR on the GUCFS committee. A key aspect of my role is to manage a team of creative, fun and outgoing Brand Ambassadors.
Brand Ambassadors are a really important part of GUCFS. BAs, as the name suggests, strongly represent GUCFS, and our charitable partner. As I was a BA last year for FOCUS 2018, I’d like to tell you a bit about my experience and the vision I have for the 2019 GUCFS BA team.
Applications open on Wednesday 18th April and close in the evening of Monday 23rd. The application involves a few questions about why you want to become a BA alongside spaces to express your ideas for fundraising and anything else you think GUCFS could do! If your application is successful you will be invited to attend a short and informal interview with me to chat about your ideas a bit more, and get to know each other better!
Being a GUCFS BA allows you to work alongside other creative, motivated and interesting people to collaborate on exciting ideas and fundraising initiatives. It also gives you the opportunity to represent an important charity. As our 2018 charitable partner was Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, our BA team had the privilege of attending a tour of the hospital to see the impact the charity has on the lives of patients and their families, and were able to see how valuable the work they were doing in aid of the charity really was. Our BA team also took part in Individual fundraising throughout the year and organised successful group fundraising projects. By doing this, all Brand Ambassadors were able to advance their skills in events planning, marketing and fundraising, whilst having fun working alongside the GUCFS Committee & Models!
Bucket Collection 2017
Focusing BAs into smaller groups, they are given the opportunity to plan and execute their own events and creative fundraising strategies. Examples of previous events run by Brand Ambassadors include the WonderWell gig night in the Well at Glasgow University Union (GUU) and a ticket launch party at none other than The Sanctuary. The variety of events organised really shows the room each Brand Ambassador is given for creativity and innovation in their role. Last year’s individual fundraising, a requirement of all BAs, included brilliant work such as a sponsored skydive by Annie Paine. Alongside fundraising and event organisation, Brand Ambassadors also assist in selling tickets the annual Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show, helping at larger GUCFS events, and promoting GUCFS and our charitable partner online, on campus & beyond! There are also lots of opportunities throughout the year for BAs to work closely with departments within the GUCFS Committee, such as our Charity & Creative teams!
Wonder Well 2018
This year we would like to focus on giving Brand Ambassador’s the opportunity to shine and have considerable influence in the society by running events. Having a tight-knit team will allow us to work collectively to raise as much money as possible. In 2019, GUCFS is celebrating the vibrant & diverse nature of our city and community, and therefore encourage anyone interested in getting involved to apply! Students from the University of Strathclyde, The Caledonian University and The City of Glasgow College are actively encouraged to apply also, as we hope to make sure students across Glasgow can attend and enjoy GUCFS events & campaigns!
Being a GUCFS Brand Ambassador is an incredibly rewarding role, as you are working to raise funds and awareness for a fantastic charity whilst collaborating alongside other students in a creative fashion (it also looks great on your CV!) It is also experience that is very highly-regarded when applying for a role on the GUCFS Committee in the future.
If you have any questions about the application process, the role of GUCFS BA, or anything else, please do not hesitate to message me on Facebook (Lois Adamson) or get in touch via the GUCFS Facebook page. I’m really looking forward to reading your applications and can’t wait to start working with a team of creative and driven individuals.
I am so proud to announce that Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show have raised £22,224.02 for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. This money will be specifically used in the Family Support Services, as decided by those who attended our FOCUS 2018.
It’s that time of the year again when the show is coming up and we are left wondering what ‘Black tie’ really means? For our last shoot of the year, GUCFS have partnered with Princes Square & French Connection, hoping to give you some inspo for FOCUS 2018.
The glitz. The glam. The fashion. Fashion shoots are what keep us turning the pages of magazines. But while they may look glamorous, there is a lot more that goes into the production of a photo shoot than you might imagine.
Since 2014, GUCFS has raised over £30,000 for various charities. This tremendous achievement is not down to just our committed members but to you, The University of Glasgow students. Through supporting us, you are donating money to some very worthwhile charities.
Today I am introducing an endearing and funny duo, two pals bound together by the design of an edgy but affordable line of clothing – TAXMAN Clothing Ltd. You will probably have heard of them on campus as their t-shirts are incredibly prized, with record-time sellouts. GUCFS were lucky enough to collaborate with them on our most recent shoot & wanted to find out more about the guys behind this incredible brand.
Today we are introducing the sweet Susie Thomas - the photographer of our GUCFS Model Introducing Shoot. Originally from London, she chose to add a Scottish twist to her academic curriculum when coming to study Economics and Music at the University of Glasgow. Currently in her third year, Susie enjoys capturing the world that surrounds her with her camera, and the least we can say is that she’s got really good at it! It was a pleasure collaborating with her on the shoot and we hope to do so again.
Here is what Susie had to say on photography and her experience working with GUCFS
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