Celebrity tailor Gresham Blake is marking the tenth anniversary of his graduation by returning to his alma mater, the University of Brighton, to open its inaugural Brighton Fashion Showcase.
Gresham will present the university’s Business Plan Award which he also sponsored. The category highlights the importance of business studies in the university’s Fashion and Textile courses.
Ray Winstone, Steve Coogan and Jimmy Page are fans of Gresham’s eclectic, Savile Row-quality tailoring. He is shortly opening a fitting room in Mayfair as a sister store to his existing one in Bond Street, Brighton.
Gresham said: “It’s a real pleasure to be asked to support the University of Brighton after 10 years I was a mature student and the education and encouragement I received turned my life around. It’s not been an easy road, but the result is a rewarding and successful fashion business. I am proud to be a Brighton graduate.”
The event, taking place on Saturday, June 5, will see the university’s top fashion and textiles students showcase their designs in front of an audience leading industry figures.
Fashion and Textiles with Business Studies graduates will plan to follow in the footsteps of fellow alumni including Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the iconic clothes store Biba, Keren Craig, one half of fashion duo Marchesa, and Givenchy designer Julien MacDonald, MBE.
Recent graduates who are making an impact on the fashion world include Fred Butler who has designed hats for Lady Gaga and Emma Sandham-King and Stevi Jelbart founders of Ophelia Fancy with a client list ranging from Fern Britton to The Horrors.
Tickets for the show are strictly limited and are only available to the media and industry contacts.