Now in its tenth year, the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, which aims to uncover and support new design talent, attracts applicants from across the UK vying to become the country’s next global fashion brand. And yesterday the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the designers named on the shortlist for 2018.
Marques’ Almeida, Molly Goddard, Le Kilt, David Koma, Rejina Pyo and Huishan Zhang have all been shortlisted for this year’s prize, which includes a cash award of £200,000 plus access to investors and industry experts and a year-long mentoring program. “It is a very exciting shortlist which shows the breadth of talent we have here in the UK,” said Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the BFC.
Previous winners of the award include Erdem, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Sophia Webster. And while last year the prize was shared by Mother of Pearl and Palmer/Harding, this anniversary year will see it awarded to a single recipient.
The shortlisted designers will be interviewed by the Fund Judging Committee on Thursday, 15th March at London’s Mortimer House. Chaired by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, the committee includes members from across the fashion industry, including Caroline Rush, previous winner Erdem Moralioglu, model Jourdan Dunn, Burberry chief marketing officer Sarah Manley and Vogue Runway’s Sarah Mower who is also BFC ambassador for emerging talent.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 8th May.