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BFC announces designer fund shortlist

The British Fashion Council has revealed the names of the designers shortlisted for the inaugural British Fashion Council and Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

Designers Angel Jackson, Christopher Kane, Clements Ribeiro, E.Tautz, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood and Richard Nicoll have been shortlisted to receive the £200,000 fund and mentoring support prize.

The fund was launched by British Fashion Council (BFC) chairman Harold Tillman as a part of the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

The aim of the fund is to assist British designers who have the potential for commercial growth and need support in making the transition from a developing creative business to a global fashion brand.

Tillman said: “The industry support that we have received for The British Fashion Council’s Vogue Designer Fashion Fund so far has been fantastic but we still have a lot of work to do to ensure a lasting legacy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our funders. I strongly believe this scheme will play a key role in developing businesses in the future.”

Harrods fashion and beauty director Marigay McKee added: “Nurturing and promoting our homegrown talent is crucial for the future of the British fashion industry.”    

Retailers and brands supporting the fund include Arcadia Group, Burberry, Debenhams, Harrods, House of Fraser, Jaeger and Aquascutum, Marks and Spencer, Paul Smith and Tesco Clothing.

Publisher CondéNast, bank HSBC Commercial Bank, hairdresser Toni&Guy and property firm Westfield Shopping Towns are also supporting the initiative.

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