This year, the British Fashion Council announces the short list for the Designer Fashion Fund, and women make up the majority!
The BFC / Vogue Designer Fashion Fund (The Fund) was launched by BFC Chairman Harold Tillman in September 2008 as part of the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The Fund is supported by Burberry, Harrods, Paul Smith, Topshop and Vogue.
The Fund provides one British based designer with £200,000 and access to high level mentoring support – additional awards of mentoring and business support may be awarded to others shortlisted.
The aim of The Fund is to assist talented British designers with the potential for commercial growth to make the transition to a global fashion brand.
Past recipients since 2010 have all been men with the exception of Mary Katrantzou in 2015. Since its inception, winners of The Fund include Erdem (2010), Christopher Kane (2011), Jonathan Saunders (2012), Nicholas Kirkwood (2013) & Peter Pilotto (2014).