About CFW

Cheltenham Fashion Week has been evolving over the last 18 months and finally showcased in September 2012.  In essence the project is about 3 important elements.

  • Opportunity & Engagement.
  • Showcasing Talent.
  • Celebrating fashion.

Our objectives are simple:

To provide exciting  fashion events throughout the year showcasing  work created by designers and fashion students as well as promoting fashion from our fabulous independent retailers; from the wearable to the inspirational. This combined with fundraising and profile-strong events we believe will create endless opportunities to enrich our community and we aim to be the central point for all things fashion related in Cheltenham, creating a fashion community that inspires, educates and promotes opportunities for all.

Is it for charity?

Yes, Cheltenham Fashion Week has been set up by the Cheltenham Fashion Group, as a Not for Profit Organisation.  We all work voluntarily and rely heavily on talented creative people who make our Fashion Week an important and fun part of Cheltenham’s social calendar.  By investing their time in Cheltenham Fashion Week we hope that it will raise their profile and highlight their skill base.

This year we will be profiling the work of 2  charities and helping them raise much needed funds.

1. Hop Skip and Jump

www.hopskipandjumpcotswold.org

Hop, Skip and Jump Cotswold are a local charity providing respite and play facilities for children and young people with any special need. They also provide crucial support for their families who can often struggle with the demands of caring for a child with special needs.

2. The Poppy Appeal

www.britishlegion.org.uk

2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, remembering the sacrifices that so many people made for their country.

‘Creating opportunities’

Cheltenham Fashion Week 2013 is committed to continuing to provide a platform for young people to shine.  We are very  passionate about working and mentoring young people and are already working with some outstanding young people who are desperate for opportunities to prove themselves and who are already aware of the huge competition for jobs.

We have already engaged with our first Gloucestershire college to establish a dialogue and workable structure to use as a blueprint going forward. This has been very well received and discussions with both the senior faculty and students have resulted in a decisive desire for an ongoing programme.

For individuals who would like to get into the fashion and beauty industries we will be offering a variety of benefits including some of the following:

  1. Opportunities to showcase their designs in our Student Show
  2. Opportunities to gain experience by working backstage or in production/event planning etc in our events
  3. Opportunities to gain work experience by working in the CFW office during the year.
  4. Various competitions where winners will get to attend London Fashion Week etc as guests of CFW.
  5. Opportunity to network with our professionals gaining advice and possible mentoring.

Education and Career Clinics

  1. We will take working professionals into the schools and colleges offering the opportunity for young people to hear about various professions and the reality of working in these industries.
  2. We will offer workshops and talks on important teenage issues like weight, lack of confidence & self esteem, importance of good grooming etc for interviews.
  3. We will endeavour to help students find work placements and work experiences within our project and through our contacts.

Cheltenham Fashion Week is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under Company Number 7843025.

Photograph by Oli Baker www.cotswoldweddings.net