Opening Space – 2021 Graduate Show
2021 Graduate Show
A warm welcome to the Manchester Fashion Institute Graduate Showcase, ‘Opening Space’, celebrating the 2021 graduating cohorts from our fashion design, communication and business undergraduate programmes.
In response to the pandemic these graduates have adapted to living and working from smaller spaces with reduced access to resources and materials. Yet they have shown incredible resilience and resourcefulness, and through adversity we have seen innovation, originality, and a sense of responsibility for the social, environmental, and ethical impact of fashion.
This graduate showcase is a literal ‘Opening Space’ for the class of 2021 as they move from working independently in the confines of their homes to a large-scale virtual exhibition. It is an opportunity to open, share and come together to celebrate after a year of closed spaces and social distance.
We invite you to visit our programme pages where you can meet the graduates, follow their journeys, and explore their work, ideas, and reflections. You are also invited to our ‘Opening Space’ events series, which includes a virtual gallery and catwalk show, themed panel sessions and links through to showcase events at Graduate Fashion Week and London Fashion Week.
Before we leave you to explore the work, we would like to thank our brilliant, talented Class of 2021. We are very proud of all your achievements, and we look forward to watching you grow into fashion leaders, entrepreneurs, practitioners, innovators, and activists. Thank you also to the guest editors, who are representing their cohorts on the programme pages.
Thank you to our academic, technical, and professional services colleagues who work together to support the students and to the digital, marketing and event teams who made this showcase happen. And as always, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our global industry and education partners, to the guest speakers, placement providers, alumni and collaborators who bring our programmes to life and offer such generous support to our students and graduates.
We are proud to announce a series of online events celebrating the work of our graduating students that extend the Opening Space of the digital platform. Join us to experience the graduate work in a variety of formats, together in real time, or on demand. The events and booking details are listed below.Find out more