The British Fashion Council (BFC) has opened the entry process for this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, which will award one winner with a £200,000 cash prize as well as 12 months of mentoring for all shortlisted designers.
Entries are encouraged from across the UK and the shortlisted designers will be judged on the core objective of the fund, which is business growth.
Applicants need to be over three years in business, based in the UK and their collection should consist of womenswear and/or womenswear accessories. They should also have both UK and international stockists and should be able to demonstrate support from media.
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO at the British Fashion Council, said: “We are thrilled to open applications for the 2019 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. It is incredible to see the work of the applicants year after year, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the talent we have in the UK.
“The Fund provides a huge opportunity for both the shortlisted designers and the winner to gain invaluable knowledge and experience from our expert mentors and incredible monetary investment to grow anddevelop their brand on a global stage.”
The fund is supported by British Vogue, Burberry, JD.com Inc., Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial and Topshop.
Past winners of the fund, which is now in its 11th year, include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Mother of Pearl, palmer//harding, Peter Pilotto, Sophia Webster and last year’s winner Molly Goddard.
More information on the fund can be found here.