Scottish designer Christopher Kane has won this year’s British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Kane will receive £200,000 and access to director-level mentors across the industry. It was Kane’s success to date, business plan and brand development proposition that scooped the prize, according to the judges.
The BFC will now develop a bespoke mentoring programme to assist Kane in achieving his business goals for the next 12 months with the aim that the network developed during this year will carry on throughout his career.
Christopher Kane said: “The prize enables us to implement our strategic vision for the Christopher Kane business going forward. We would like to thank everyone involved in making this decision and all those who have helped establish our business. We would especially like to thank our team who work incredibly hard every day and without whom none of this would be possible.”
Kane fought off completion from seven designers; Richard Nicoll, Charlotte Olympia, E. Tautz, Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman and Peter Pilotto. These seven designers will be given support from the mentoring panel which will be chaired by Marigay McKee, director of fashion and beauty at Harrods.
The BFC and Vogue Designer Fashion Fund was launched by BFC chairman Harold Tillman in September 2008.
Tillman said: “The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is focused on celebrating talents that have the potential to be successful British brands of the future. The judging panel and funding is underpinned by leading business men and women in the industry to identify those with the potential and vision to succeed.”