Alessandro Michele to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2021

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced that Alessandro Michele will receive the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2021.

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British Fashion Council announces The Fashion Awards 2021 nominees

The British Fashion Council has announced the nominations of its Designer of the Year Award and BFC Foundation Award for The Fashion Awards 2021. Presented by TikTok, the awards will take place on 29 November at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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BFC announces Priya Ahluwalia as the winner of the 2021 BFC & GQ Designer Menswear Fund

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced Priya Ahluwalia, Founder of Ahluwalia, as the winner of the 2021 BFC & GQ Designer Menswear Fund. (more…)

British Fashion Council announces move from Somerset House to Soho

The British Fashion Council today announced it will move its office space to flexible workspace provider Fora, located at 33 Broadwick Street, Soho, London.

Fora will also join the BFC as a Patron, playing a key role in supporting the organisation in the years ahead.

The new central location also places the organisation in close proximity to many of London’s creative spaces and major retail hubs and allows the BFC team the flexibility to host state of the art technology and event spaces.

Both the BFC and Fora are aligned in their long-term commitment to sustainability which is reflective of the BFC’s own work to encourage positive change and strive for fair representation within the fashion industry.

The BFC has been based at Somerset House since 2009 and was one of the first office tenants to move in when the building was renovated and converted.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive BFC said: “We are delighted to move to Fora in Soho and very much look forward to this exciting new chapter for the British Fashion Council. Over the past year, there has been a shift in the way we approach office work, and Fora gives us the flexibility that we need while allowing us to be in one of the most vibrant London areas.”

Priyanka Chopra announced as BFC Ambassador for Positive Change

The British Fashion Council has announced actor, film producer and activist Priyanka Chopra Jonas as its new Ambassador for Positive Change.

The global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador will join the BFC supporting the organisation’s efforts to lead the charge on change, using fashion as a positive platform to inspire future generations.

As the BFC Ambassador for Positive Change, Chopra Jonas will support the BFC through raising awareness and promoting best practice within the fashion industry and celebrating those that adhere to inclusive and ethical principles.

The appointment is part of the BFC’s strategy around the Institute of Positive Fashion, developed to help the British fashion industry lead in the goal to be more resilient, circular, equal and fair through global collaboration and local action.

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, BFC commented: “We are delighted to welcome Priyanka Chopra Jonas as the BFC Ambassador for Positive Change. Her work as a social activist, promoting causes such as the environment and women's rights, and her commitment to using her reach for good are what have made her one of the industry’s most courageous voices and the perfect choice as the BFC Ambassador for Positive Change."

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, added: “Fashion has always been the pulse of pop culture, and can be a powerful force with the ability to connect cultures and bring people together. Through my role, I look forward to celebrating the incredible diversity and creativity of the industry, while working to champion budding and iconic designers doing their part to make an indelible impact on people and our planet.”

Chopra Jonas is the recipient of numerous entertainment awards, with more than sixty international and Hollywood films to her credit, making her one of the most recognised personalities in the world.

She is also a Global Citizen ambassador and is involved in several efforts to protect children’s rights and to promote the education of girls around the world. In addition to these roles, Chopra has dedicated herself to fighting for inclusion and diversity for all and strongly believes in working to create a more inclusive world where diversity is celebrated.

BFC also confirmed that Chopra Jonas will have an active role in a number of BFC events throughout 2021, including London Fashion Week and The Fashion Awards.

BFC Foundation announces latest MA scholarship recipients

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the recipients of its 2020 BFC MA scholarship schemes, which provide funding to those who have an offer from, or are currently studying for an MA at a BFC Colleges Council member college.

Brandon Choi from Central Saint Martins is the 2020 recipient of the BFC Chanel MA Scholarship, funded by Chanel, which covers the course tuition fees with a contribution to course costs or living expenses.

The BFC Dior Men MA Scholarship, funded by Dior Men, goes to Joe Pearson and Adam Alaoui Elyassé, who is in his final year, both from Central Saint Martins.

Recipients of the BFC MA Full Scholarship for 2020, available to students accepted on an MA Fashion Design course in the UK, are Dominic Huckbody, Jessan Macatangay and Edward Mendoza - all from Central Saint Martins, Shanti Bell from Royal College of Art and Pearl Quist from University of Salford.

The BFC MA Final Year Scholarship is offered to students in their final year of an MA Fashion Design course in the UK, to cover production costs for their final collections. Natasha Sweeney from Central Saint Martins is the 2020 recipient.

BFC Chief Executive, Caroline Rush, said: “We have been faced with truly the most impactful crisis of a generation and, at this time, supporting and empowering upcoming talent is more important than ever.

“The BFC offers support to help young people at every level to realise their ability, ensuring the future growth and success of the British fashion industry. Academic scholarships provide young designers from all backgrounds with the opportunity to eventually work in the creative industries, paving the way for the future generations of talent.”

Education is at the heart of the BFC Foundation and the BFC has been awarding students MA scholarships since 1998. The UK has some of the best fashion schools in the world and supporting students is imperative to maintaining the country’s position as the birthplace of global fashion talent.

Graduate Fashion Foundation returns to LFW with four emerging designers

Graduate Fashion Foundation has announced its return to London Fashion Week this February in the British Fashion Council’s Positive Fashion Exhibition with a second season of the ‘GFW Presents’ stand.

GFW Presents will showcase the work of four Graduate Fashion Week 2019 alumni, whose collections were part of the Best of GFW Top 28 Collection show.

The GFW Presents graduates are part of the fashion innovators and emerging businesses who get to tell their story within the exhibition and demonstrate how they are working to change industry’s practices by educating and inspiring audiences on the positive changes within the industry. The GFW Presents stand will allow the emerging designers to showcase their graduate catwalk collections and portfolios, plus by being present at the event themselves, the graduates will be able to benefit from the variety of key audience members who attend.

Across the three days of London Fashion Week the GFW Presents graduates will reach over 5,000 visitors, including a domestic and international audience of press, buyers and industry professionals from over 45 countries.

The GFW Presents... Emerging Graduate Designers are as follows:

  • Yen Wong – Graduate of Brighton University
  • Leo John Caligan – Graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Africa Hernandez Martinez – Graduate of University of Creative Arts Epsom
  • Sarah Thompson – Graduate of Sheffield Hallam University

Lee John LFWYen Wong is originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her womenswear practice draws inspiration from her love of craft, exploring elements & techniques from couture & tailoring, as well as her fascination of heritage & culture.

Leo John Caligan is a Fashion & Textile Designer from Manchester, offering alternative androgynous designs by exploring the westernisation and domestication of the Philippines though traditional crafts alongside modern hand rendered textiles and graphic silhouettes.

Africa Hernandez, a womenswear designer born & raised in Spain is interested in preserving traditional crafts & colourful customs as part of cultural heritage, as well as moving them forward into the modern world.

Sarah Thompson explores the relationship the British farming community have to their clothing; the value they place upon practical attire and attachments they gain with clothing focused on practicality, durability, and the ability to mend.

London Fashion Week will be the first of the four global Fashion Week’s to embrace inclusivity, opening the doors to both trade and the public to join a celebration of fashion’s creativity, community and diversity.

Hilary Alexander OBE, President of Graduate Fashion Week, said: "Graduate Fashion Foundation is excited to be able to showcase four new and exceptional GFW2019 collections in the Positive Fashion exhibition, which is to be one of the highlights at this season’s London Fashion Week."

"GFW Presents now in its second season is a marvellous opportunity to demonstrate the vital role of sustainability and considered design in UK fashion education and is a fantastic occasion for the Graduate Fashion Foundation charity to continue the work that we do supporting the future of the fashion industry."

The annual event, held from Sunday 31st May – Wednesday 3rd June 2020, attracts a wide array of top Industry professionals & recruiters from UK and abroad who use this opportunity to spot the best new talent under one roof.

BFC announces first ever public London Fashion Week shows

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has today announced that House of Holland and Self-Portrait will head the debut public-facing shows at London Fashion Week (LFW) in September 2019.

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WeAr Select partners with British Fashion Council for London Collections Men

New international trade fair WeAr Select has partnered with the British Fashion Council (BFC) for London Collections Men (LC:M), which take place at the same time next January.

WeAr Select is a new concept of trade fair covering menswear, womenswear, footwear & accessories, as well as "cool items for concept stores and art". Staged by the publishers of international fashion trade publication WeAr, it takes place on 9 and 10 January 2016 at Old Billingsgate.

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Vogue unveils its first Future of Fashion documentary fronted by Alexa Chung

British Vogue has unveiled the first in a new series of documentaries on The Future of Fashion, fronted by style icon Alexa Chung.

In the film Chung meets with British Fashion Council ambassador and journalist Sarah Mower and designer Christopher Kane to discuss what it takes to get ahead as a designer in fashion. Both Mower and Kane agree that success comes from being part of a great team.

"I know how to draw bags and handbags, but I don't know how to make them! Practically you need those amazing, key knowledgeable people," Kane tells Chung.

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