The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) 2016 took place at London's Somerset House. IFS is a festival of emerging designers organised by the British Council and the British Fashion Council during London Fashion Week. The event is coordinated in collaboration with London embassies and cultural institutes to showcase their countries’ most exciting designers in an exhibition that reflects their nations’ contemporary culture.
Established in February 2012, IFS is now an annual event that responds to London’s reputation for promoting and supporting new designers. In contrast to other showcases, IFS engages and invites a range of people interested in fashion from journalists, bloggers and retailers to the general public. IFS for 2016 took the curatorial theme Fashion Utopias, as part of the Utopia celebrations taking place and the year of Utopia at Somserset House, which included four seasons of activity celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. It involved collaboration between three neighbours: Somerset House, King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute and Gallery, in partnership with the British Library, the AHRC, and the British Council, and also engaged many of the 300 plus creative organisations, artists and makers resident at Somerset House,