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British Fashion Council announces winners of BFC Changemakers Prize

Tom Shearsmith
09 September 2021

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the three winners of the BFC Changemakers Prize, created in Partnership with Swarovski.

Launched earlier this year, the new initiative aims to discover and celebrate the fashion industry’s unsung stars who go above and beyond to strive for positive change, make outstanding contributions and inspire others on their journey. The three categories for the prize focused on Environment, People and Community.

As a brand and long-term partner of the BFC, Swarovski is committed to championing the hidden heroes who aspire to have a positive impact on the creative industries and create a more sustainable future.

Environment Winner: John Hickling, The Glass Onion
People Winner: Cyndia Harvey, International Hairstylist
Community & Craftsmanship Winner: Andrew Kenny, The London Embroidery Studio

Hickling is the founder of Glass Onion in South Yorkshire, a vintage and remade clothing provider to the Highstreet who have recently launched a DTC website. Sorting and grading fifteen tonnes of used clothing each week, they are growing a factory that only ‘remakes’ vintage clothing – cutting, sewing and remaking 12,000 remade pieces per month.

Harvey is one of the most UK's exciting hair stylists of her generation, with a unique vision for inclusive beauty, aiming to represent the entire spectrum of beauty and utilise her skills to fight for the visibility of underrepresented groups of society.

Finally, Kenny is the owner of The London Embroidery Studio in East London, he uses traditional skills to generate new exciting techniques with cutting edge embroidery machines. He develops embroidery for large and small fashion, interior, film, and TV clients alongside offering courses to the local community, often with discounts for disadvantaged members.

Caroline Rush, BFC Chief Executive commented: "What is really exciting about the BFC Changemakers Prize in Partnership with Swarovski is the ability to provide these leaders of the future with the support and recognition to continue to ignite their dreams.

"Our hope is to facilitate them with their incredible work, allowing them to continue to actualise their aspirations for the industry. As a brand and partner for the BFC Changemakers Prize, Swarovski is also committed to championing individuals in the creative industries with the unique ability to ignite dreams, create positive change and inspire others on their journey. We look forward to seeing all our Changemakers ignite their dreams."

Giovanna Engelbert, Swarovski Creative Director added: "Swarovski has stepped forward with a bold vision for the future; its mission is to ignite dreams. The brand is true to Daniel Swarovski’s founding spirit as a radically inclusive laboratory of creativity that invites the world to celebrate their individuality.

"As partners of the British Fashion Council on the Changemakers Prize we are delighted to be able to bring this vision to life by shining a light on individuals who through their unique creative approaches and values have not only ignited their own dreams but also those of others; their work will have a lasting positive impact and succeed in creating a new, positive narrative in fashion."

Each winner will be celebrated at an exclusive reception on 21 September during London Fashion Week, with all three receiving a cash prize of £7500 in addition to a bespoke mentoring package headed up by industry leaders.

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