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GAVIN DOUGLAS

BA (Hons) PGCE FHEA MA

Born in Birmingham in the United Kingdom, Douglas quickly became recognised as an innovative award-winning fashion designer. Douglas' multi award-winning designs have been seen regularly on the pages of the world's most influential fashion and lifestyle publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler and British Vogue.


Collections have been presented across various international catwalk shows and exhibitions including London Fashion Week – on schedule, Paris Fashion Week, Barbados Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston Jamaica.

Douglas continues to remain aware of changes and developments within the industry as a practicing fashion designer and scholarly as a senior university academic; he continues to design and create garments for private clients as well as share and teach these skills and knowledge to Higher Education students.

 
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“Gavin Douglas has demonstrated the will, drive and a certain amount of charm, which doesn’t hurt”

Tom Ford

 

AWARDS

 

Red Thread Fellow of the Year Award

Red Thread Partnership | Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Deans Academic Excellence Award

Middlesex University | London, United Kingdom


The Originator Award | Smirnoff

Caribbean Fashion Week | Kingston, Jamaica


Caribbean Master Designer Award

Caribbean Fashion Week | Kingston, Jamaica


Fashion Fringe Award

IMG UK | London, United Kingdom


Young Avant-Garde Designer of the Year

The London Fashion Forum | London, United Kingdom

 
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PROFESSIONAL ROLES
AND MEMBERSHIPS

 

MEMBER OF COUNCIL

FACE challenges Higher Education and Further Education to embed the culture and perspectives of people of colour into the curriculum

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ACADEMIC TRUSTEE

Appointed as a FACE representative and trustee for the prestigious Graduate Fashion Foundation

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FOUNDING CO-CHAIR

Advocating for positive changes for equality and inclusion within the Higher Education sector

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GLOBAL CATWALK 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Caribbean Fashion Week

Catwalk Show and Exhibition | Pulse Investments Ltd | Kingston, Jamaica

 

Paris Fashion Week

Sales Exhibition | Atmosphere d'hiver | Paris


London Fashion Week - On-schedule

Catwalk Presentation and Sales Exhibition | The British Fashion Council | London

Brooklyn Fashion Week

Catwalk Presentation | Tyler Media | New York


Barbados Fashion Week

Catwalk Presentation

 
 
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"From 2006 until now, fashion designer Gavin Douglas has remained an exquisite breath of  fresh air"

Novia McDonald Whyte

 

GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS

 

BET Rip the Runway | Hammerstein Ballroom

New York, United States of America

The Gavin Douglas collection opened the annually broadcasted show. BET is Americas largest Black entertainment channel

Black Britannia Exhibition | Mayor of London, City Hall

London, United Kingdom

The then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown recognized Gavin Douglas as one of 50 of the most influential Black role models in the United Kingdom


Black British Style Exhibition | Victoria and Albert Museum

London, United Kingdom

Exhibited work at the Black British Style Exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This exhibition was the first of its kind in the UK and highlighted the variety of lifestyles that co-exist in black culture.


Kulture2Couture | Mayor of London | Victoria and Albert Museum

`London, United Kingdom

Invited by the Mayor of London's office to showcase at Kulture2Couture; a high-profile initiative aimed at celebrating, showcasing and promoting the artistic and creative talents of Black fashion designers in the UK.

 
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"Gavin Douglas’ professional career and industry experience are a testament to his passion, hard work, drive and determination; his persistence in continuing to succeed demonstrate that he is a leader with a strong determination to achieve."

Colin McDowell MBE

 
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DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Design images courtesy of Elf and Stone

 
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PRIVATE COMMISSIONS AND COLLABORATIONS

HARRODS

Douglas collaborated with luxury retail outlet Harrods to create collections that were sold exclusively in the Harrods store

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YOOX.COM

Douglas collaborated with luxury online outlet Yoox.com to create collections that were sold exclusively on-line through Yoox.com.

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THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Invited as the Head Designer to design and create outfits for the Jette Parker International Young Artists programme at The Royal Opera House.

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SUPERDRUG

Designed a range of fashion essentials for the Superdrug superstore

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KELLY ROWLAND

Secured the front cover of the Kelly Rowland album, Ms Kelly Diva Deluxe. Kelly Rowland wore a Gavin Douglas Swarovski Cocktail evening dress

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HOUSE OF FRASER

Exclusively exhibited at the 'WE LOVE BRUM' House of Fraser exhibition and event

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THE BIG CITY PLAN
BIRMINGHAM

Invited by the Birmingham City Councils Big City Plan to create a collection representing the upsurge of fashion in Birmingham

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PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

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“Gavin Douglas has demonstrated the will, drive and a certain amount of charm, which doesn’t hurt”

Tom Ford

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