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BFC announces Designer Fashion Fund shortlist

Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto are among the designers shortlisted for this year’s British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

The aim of the fund, which is now in its third year, is to help British designers who have the potential for commercial growth to make the transition from a developing creative business to a global fashion brand. Previous winners have included Erdem and Christopher Kane.

The winner will receive £200,000 and a 12 month mentoring support programme with the runners up also allocated a mentor.

Nine designers have been shortlisted because they “showcase the best developing womenswear and accessories labels in British fashion, with potential to develop into global fashion brands”.

The full list of shortlisted designers is: Jonathan Saunders, Marios Schwab, Mary Katrantzou, Meadham Kirchhoff, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic and Zoe Jordan.

The designers have been invited to present their collections and future plans to a judging panel chaired by editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman. The winner will be announced in March.

Harold Tillman, chairman of the BFC, said: “The calibre of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund shortlist reflects the exceptional talent that exists within the British fashion industry today. Each designer has enhanced the capital’s profile as a centre of fashion innovation, and we are proud to be able to offer the winning designer the financial support and mentoring needed to help their brand grow internationally. Special thanks must be given to all of the funders involved with the scheme.

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