China Fashion Graduate Week 2013

Tsinghua University’s Academy of Arts & Design's graduation show

Tsinghua University’s Academy of Arts & Design's graduation show

Hot off the heels of China Fashion Week 2013, China Graduate Fashion Week 2013 – co-sponsored by many of the same organizing committees, including the China Fashion Association – launched a five-day series of runway shows, seminars and exhibitions in Beijing showcasing the most promising student talent from across China.

China Graduate Fashion Week first debuted in December 2012 to give art students and schools a platform to promote themselves, exchange ideas and cultivate industry growth. This year’s CGFW spotlighted more than 600 students from over 20 Chinese schools. The designs ranged from the outlandish and playful (such as very literal interpretations of chimneys and robots, as seen at Zhongyuan University of Technology’s show) to the meticulously elaborate (dresses reminiscent of woven rug fringes at Dalian Polytechnic University’s School of Fashion) to the clean and minimalist (all-white ensembles with simple cuts at Tsinghua University’s Academy of Arts & Design). Unsurprisingly, one of the graduation shows that garnered the most buzz was CAFA’s (China Central Academy of Fine Arts), largely renowned as China’s most prestigious art school.

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