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BFC announces Fashion Trust winners for 2015

The British Fashion Council has named the nine designers that will split a £300,000 grant as part of its annual Fashion Trust financial and mentoring support scheme.

They are: David Koma, Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Marios Schwab, Mother of Pearl, Palmer Harding, Prism, Sibling and Sophia Webster.

In addition to the money, the designers have been granted access to a network of advisors, mentors and businesses, including law firm Taylor Wessing, global investment firm Rothschild and luxury and fashion consumer insight firm The Future Laboratory.

Previous recipients of the Fashion Trust since its launch in 2011 include Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood and Richard Nicoll.

The BFC formally launched its Graduate Traineeship Programme, which offers BA and MA design graduates the chance to apply for a 12 month paid placement at one of London Fashion Week’s fashion designers, on June 5 following a successful pilot.

The programme has been trialled over the last year with two students from the Royal College of Art placed in Roksanda and Erdem.

It has also opened applications for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2016.

This year the application process has been revised and now includes two stages. Entries, which can be made online until August 7, will be reviewed by a judging committee chaired by British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman.

Shortlisted designers will then be invited to submit a five-year business plan focusing on areas for growth and how the prize money will help develop their business before a winner is announced in March 2016.

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