International Fashion Showcase 2016: Fashion Utopias

Launched by the British Council and British Fashion Council in 2012 as part of the Cultural
Olympiad, the International Fashion Showcase (IFS) is an annual cultural exhibition of
international fashion. Now in its fifth year, IFS is free and open to the general public
during London Fashion Week, engaging with an audience of fashion enthusiasts and industry
alike. As a key part of London Fashion Week’s public programme each February it aims to
highlight and celebrate the universal relevance of fashion in contemporary culture. IFS invites
fashion authorities from all over the world, via their embassies and cultural institutes in London,
to exhibit their most exciting emerging designers in specially commissioned and curated
installations. To date 450 of the most exciting international designers from 60 countries have
exhibited in the IFS initiative.
For IFS 2016, the British Council and British Fashion Council will present work by emerging
fashion designers from 25 countries in an exhibition at Somerset House curated around the
theme of Utopia. In a prize-giving ceremony during London Fashion Week a panel of industry
experts, chaired by Sarah Mower MBE, will select a winning Country, Designer and Curator.