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British Fashion Council announces Newgen winners

Designers including David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and Michael van der Ham have been awarded catwalk sponsorship by the British Fashion Council (BFC)’s Newgen scheme for London Fashion Week.

A total of 18 designers will be provided with funding by the scheme which sponsors emerging designers to show at London Fashion Week. Newgen is sponsored by Topshop and previous recipients of the funding include Alexander McQueen Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon and Jonathan Saunders.

Alongside the catwalk shows five designers have been picked to show in Newgen’s presentation spaces, where they can host their own mini-catwalks and private shows. The designers who will present are Christopher Raeburn, Craig Lawrence, JS Lee, Nasir Mazhar and JW Anderson, who will have a film presentation. Dominic Jones and Jordan Askill will receive installation sponsorship.

The 12 designers will also receive exhibition sponsorship alongside a further six designers, Chau Har Lee,  Fannie Schiavoni, Felicity Brown, Heikki Salonen, Thomas Tait and Yang Du.

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, said: “The strength of the brands that the previous winners have gone on to establish is testament to the talent here in London and demonstrates the strength of talent identified by NEWGEN season on season. This season’s recipients are directional, innovative and show incredible promise and we are excited for them to demonstrate the best of London’s emerging design talent to a global audience.”

London Fashion Week will take place from February 18 to 23 at Somerset House in London.

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