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British Fashion Awards reveals 2020 honourees via digital film premiere

Lauretta Roberts
03 December 2020

The British Fashion Council has unveiled the honourees for the first Fashion Awards to take place online-only due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Via a a digital film premiere staged this evening, and available to view on-demand on Youtube (see below), 20 honourees were revealed, who have been recognised as catalysts for positive change for the fashion industry.

Honourees were recognised across four categories – Community, Creativity, Environment and People. Over 800 key members of the international fashion industry, spanning 28 countries, were called upon to nominate who they thought should receive an accolade.

The awards for Community were presented by Priyanka Chopra Jonas - the BFC's new Ambassador for Positive Change. The awards for People were presented by Lewis Hamilton. The awards for Environment were presented by Aja Barber and Maisie Williams and the awards for Creativity were presented by Rosalía.

The Fashion Awards 2020 Honourees in full:

COMMUNITY

The category focuses on the impact fashion has on communities in light of the pandemic as well as the role skills and craftsmanship can play in sustaining local livelihoods.

A SAI TA

A Sai Ta is part of a new generation of East Asian designers who reflect on their culture through a uniquely British lens. His brand and collections are optimistic and buoyant and tell the stories of his culture and heritage. Actively Standing Against Injustice, the brand’s message and charitable actions supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were exemplary. His fearlessness, bravery and system bending approach to ending systemic racism within the fashion industry and make it kinder and more inclusive are recognised as part of this award.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

CHANEL

CHANEL is being honoured for contribution to positive change; enriching the communities in which it actively participates. In response to the global pandemic CHANEL donated significant funds to charitable organisations in the UK and around the world,  and moved manufacturing to support the production of PPE.  CHANEL has also launched its climate strategy CHANEL Mission 1.5° to reduce its carbon footprint and continues commitment to creative communities supporting craftsmanship within the fashion industry.  #FashionAwards #GlobalGoalsSustainable

Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Emergency Designer Network

Bethany Williams, Cozette McCreary, Holly Fulton and Phoebe English are being recognised for setting up the Emergency Designer Network in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the Emergency Designer Network, they helped create 50,000 surgical gowns and 10,000 sets of scrubs for health workers in the UK. Since April 2020, they have worked with 40 NHS Trusts and 150 makers, creating a community of experts from packers and fabric sources to drivers, showing the power of London's fashion community.

Sustainable Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Kenneth Ize

Kenneth Ize has been selected for his support of the communities of weavers, artisans and design groups across Nigeria through his work. The designer’s support of local craftsmanship through his Ilorin factory and the celebration of his Blackness and of the LGBTQIA+ community through his work is exceptional.

Sustainable Development Goal: 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Michael Halpern

The designer’s tribute at London Fashion Week to the frontline workers who protected others from the pandemic alongside his contribution to the production of PPE for the Royal Brompton Hospital for those fighting on the frontline of the coronavirus has been recognised as inspiring and extraordinary.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

PEOPLE

The category recognises those who have led change by encouraging equal, diverse, empowered workforces from head office to supply chain and shop floor.

Aurora James

Aurora James is recognised for her efforts to bring change to the fashion industry through her campaign for systemic change to promote black-owned businesses and through her traditional design practices. Aurora powerfully called on retailers to commit to dedicating 15% of their shelf space to Black owned brands and demonstrated her unwavering commitment to wider representation by challenging even some of her own clients. The work she does through her brand also strives to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive while creating and sustaining artisanal jobs within the industry.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

Edward Enninful

Edward Enninful has been selected as one of the Honourees of the People category for his outstanding contribution to diversity through British Vogue. Edward is an agent of change, holding a mirror up to the industry and highlighting its shortcomings. He has put academics, thinkers, activists, front line workers and Black Girl Magic on the cover of British Vogue and used his platform to challenge tradition perceptions of fashion media. His recent Time Magazine cover exemplifies his position within the industry as well as his dedication to change.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles for Black in Fashion Council

Lindsay and Sandrine created and organised a resilient group of editors, models, stylists, media executives, creatives and industry stakeholders into a leading initiative whose aim is to bring diversity, inclusion and accountability to the fashion industry and affect change.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

Priya Ahluwalia

Priya Ahluwalia

Priya Ahluwalia has been selected as one of the Honourees in the People category for her work in pioneering sustainable fashion while telling the stories of those who make her clothes and the communities she works with. Priya is a progressive thinking leader and agent for change and she has used her platform to raise awareness around the challenges of the Black community, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

Samuel Ross

Samuel Ross has been selected as one of the Honourees in the People category for his immediate response in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. He created the Black Lives Matter Financial Aid Scheme, pledging £10,000 to the organisations and people on the frontline supporting the BLM movement. Samuel additionally awarded grants of £25,000 to black-owned businesses and within 72 hours casted a search for 10 people to apply for the grants across a diverse range of areas, much further than fashion only. His work as Creative Director of A-COLD-WALL* redefines the parameters of streetwear and high fashion and his innovative design approach has a big impact on the communities he works with and has sustainable practices at its core.

Sustainable Development Goal: 10 Reduced Inequalities

ENVIRONMENT

The category celebrates individuals and businesses who made a specific contribution towards achieving a circular fashion industry.

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch has dedicated extensive time and effort into research and development to help reduce waste in fashion's supply chain. Her original 'I'm not a plastic bag' campaign was pioneering and the sequel 'I Am a Plastic Bag' collection which took over two years to develop stood out this year. The designer also tackled the issue of leather waste in fashion with her ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ patchwork initiative. More than an environmentalist, she also supports the community, through initiatives like the NHS Holdster and the creation of reusable and washable hospital gowns for the NHS.

Sustainable Development Goal: 12 Responsible, Consumption and Production

Christopher Raeburn

From inception, Christopher has championed sustainable practices to build a responsible business while being a fantastic spokesperson for how things can be done differently without sacrificing creativity. The designer pioneered the upcycling of surplus fabrics to create designs that appeal to a traditional fashion customer, redefining the concept of luxury. He is an inspiration to the next generation of sustainable designers and provides generous support to graduate fashion talent while running regular tours of his Hackney studio throughout the pandemic.

Sustainable Development Goal: 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Gabriela Hearst

Gabriela Hearst redefined modern luxury by championing luxury with integrity. The incredible designer values traditional principles while never compromising on her ethics, taking into consideration where materials come from, who makes them and what impact they have. Her SS20 show was a standout as the first ever carbon-neutral catwalk presentation and her involvement in supporting the community and various other women-led initiative is inspiring and admirable.

Sustainable Development Goal: 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is the industry trailblazer for sustainable practices in fashion and was the first to champion many of the processes that have now percolated the world of fashion, from fabric innovation and circularity with local communities. The designer has raised the bar for the industry as a whole with creativity and sustainability shaping the brand's DNA. Stella constantly demonstrates that sustainable practices can be seamlessly integrated into luxury and creative brands.

Sustainable Development Goal: 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

The Fashion Pact

Over the past year, The Fashion Pact almost doubled its signatories, boasting more than 60 leading companies, stemming across multiple sectors and 14 countries, together representing over 200 brands and 1/3 of the fashion industry. The Fashion Pact agreed on 7 targets and united a group of the world's top tier fashion CEOs towards collective action. The coalition made its first strides, including implementing an operations structure, developing a digital dashboard of KPIs to measure impact as well as beginning first collaborative activity on biodiversity together with the technical expertise of industry experts.

Sustainable Development Goal: 17 Partnerships for the Goals

CREATIVITY

The category recognises designers and brands who made a global impact in the past years through their creativity in design, campaigns, collaborations and firm business foundation as well as defined the shape of global fashion.

Graces Wales Bonner

As a designer, Grace Wales Bonner challenges the roles of race and Black culture in fashion with her early work being a reaction to the way Black culture was represented in fashion. Her designs continue to evoke the rich history of African culture and challenge the gender norms of Black male masculinity and identity. With each collection she continues to develop a unique and distinct position within the industry and she has played an instrumental role in progressing Black women's position within fashion.

Sustainable Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Jonathan Anderson

This year, Jonathan Anderson redefined the possibilities of what a show can be with Covid-19 restrictions by pioneering show-in-a-box and show-on-the-wall concepts for both JW Anderson and Loewe. He offered an invitation to become part of the show experience, delighting all those who received it and many more who experienced it online. The collections were a defiant celebration of fashion and craft, impeccable quality and attention to details, pushing the boundaries of what could be created during lockdown.

Sustainable Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Kim Jones

Kim Jones’ creativity knows no boundaries and each new collection both surprises and intrigues, whether it's ready-to-wear, tailoring, sportswear or accessories. The incredible designer manages to expertly funnel his creative energy into every project and collection, with the recent addition of Fendi. His outstanding body of work was also recognised with an honour from HRH The Queen.

Sustainable Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons

Prada, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons have been selected an Honouree in the Creativity category for demonstrating the power of creativity and the importance of conversation and coming together to re imagine fashion for the future.

Sustainable Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Riccardo Tisci and Burberry

This year Riccardo Tisci’s extraordinary creative thinking teamed with Burberry's core values of inclusivity and sustainability reaffirm the brand's position as a global creative powerhouse and leader of change. The brand’s innovative use of technology at London Fashion Week in September 2020 and throughout their campaigns and global store launches, positioned them not only as a leading creative brand, but as one with conscience and social responsibility. Burberry has also been actively involved in the fight against COVID-19. To date, Burberry has donated more than 160,000 pieces of PPE to the NHS and healthcare charities, through repurposing its trench coat factory in Castleford to make non-surgical gowns and sourcing masks thought its supply chain, as well as donating to aid vaccine research and to food charities including FareShare, The Trussell Trust and The Felix Project.

Sustainable Development Goal: 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Alongside the twenty Honourees, the BFC unveiled its NEW WAVE: Creatives 2020 list, celebrating 50 of the most innovative and inspiring young creative talents from around the world. The list highlights London’s position as an international epicentre and pays homage to the incredible success of both home-grown and international talent; while celebrating all those who play a vital role in the industry’s cultural and creative reputation.

The Fashion Awards is a fundraiser for the BFC Foundation and focuses on celebrating excellence in the fashion industry and supporting the future pipeline of creative talent. The BFC Foundation supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on three areas: Education, Grant-Giving & Business Mentoring and the Institute of Positive Fashion.

The awards are supported by Getty Images, LAVAZZA, Rosewood London and Royal Salute. The Fashion Award 2020 trophy was created by Parley for the Oceans from Parley Ocean Plastic® and designed exclusively by Nagami.

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