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BFC awards Saul Nash with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

Camilla Rydzek
05 May 2022

British designer and choreographer Saul Nash has received The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design in recognition of his "innovative take on design" and "developing new materials whilst actively pioneering a new frontier within the industry".

The BFC highlighted Nash had been chosen for the Award because he was a "cultural innovator whose work opens conversations around identity, masculinity, and class." The organisation further highlighted how Nash's designs explored heritage, performance and technical innovation and bridged the gap between Luxury Menswear and Sportswear.

The designer launched his eponymous label in 2018, combining elements and influences from his Guyanese upbringing in North London.

Nash showed for three seasons under Lulu Kennedy’s Fashion East before releasing his first solo collection, part of a body of work entitled ‘TWIST’ – in February 2021. He is also associated to Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art.

Nash was also awarded the 2022 International Woolmark Prize last year, and has over the last three years been named a LVMH Prize 2021 semi-finalist, a NEWGEN recipient and a member of Highsnobiety’s THE NEXT 20 list.

The Award was created in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, and to spotlight young designers. It was first presented to Richard Quinn in 2018, with Bethany Williams winning the following year. In 2020 it was awarded to Rosh Mahtani and in 2021 it was presented to Priya Ahluwalia.

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council commented: “We are delighted to announce Saul Nash as the fifth recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Nash has a unique way of combining function, tech and tailoring in his design practice which has resulted in a new take on luxe sportswear. We are incredibly proud to recognise Saul and look forward to seeing his brand grow.”

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