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BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winners unveiled

Mother of Pearl and Palmer Harding have won this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

The £200,000 fund, which aims to help designers grow and develop their brands, was this year opened up to be shared between up to three recipients.

The winners still receive a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s business support team, including access to funders and industry experts.

Alongside Mother of Pearl and Palmer Harding on the shortlist for 2017 were Huishan Zhang, Osman, Shrimps, Sophie Hulme and Toogood.

The shortlisted designers were invited to the Breather.com Maiden Lane Space in February to present their collections and business plan to a panel of industry experts, chaired by British Vogue editor and the fund’s chair, Alexandra Shulman, and including British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush.

“Mother of Pearl and Palmer Harding are very different in terms of the clothes they offer and the way they operate but both convinced us that we were backing brands with strong potential who understood how they could grow and who had and exciting vision,” said Shulman.

Previous winners of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Sophia Webster.

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