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Obituary: Vanessa Denza MBE, 1937 – 2022


UKFT is saddened to confirm that Vanessa Denza MBE died on 14th April aged 84.

Vanessa Denza

Vanessa created Denza International, a very well respected fashion recruitment company based in London. Even after retirement, Vanessa was a regular fixture at London Fashion Week, always on the look out for bright new talent. She was one of the original founders of Graduate Fashion Week in 1988.

Vanessa was a central part of the UK fashion and textile industry from the 60s, having worked closely with British designers such as Mary Quant and Ossie Clark, as well as Burberry and Calvin Klein and Bally.

Paul Alger MBE from UKFT said: “I always used to look forward to seeing Vanessa Denza at London Fashion Week. She was always there, looking at the collections and encouraging the designers. She was a very astute businessperson with a passion for spotting new talent”.

A memorial is planned later in the year.

Please contact paul.alger@ukft.org for funeral details.