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British Fashion Council awards first menswear MA scholarship

The British Fashion Council has awarded the first menswear-focused BFC MA Scholarship to Thomas Crisp, a new graduate from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.

Crisp will start his MA Fashion Menswear course at the Royal College of Art later this year.

The MA scholarship scheme was founded in 1998 to provide support to outstanding BA fashion graduates in the UK who need financial help to further their careers. It is funded by the Princess of Wales Charitable Trust.

Members of the British Fashion Council Colleges Council were asked to nominate final year BA students who had been offered a place on the MA Fashion Design course to receive the scholarship.

These students then formally applied with a portfolio and a reference from their head of course. Shortlisted students attended an interview interview with the scholarship panel which included Anne Tyrrell, chair of the BFC Colleges Council; Caroline Rush, chief executive of the BFC; Averyl Oates, buying director of premium department store group Harvey Nichols, Stephen Ayres, menswear buying manager of designer department store Liberty and Dolly Jones, editor of Vogue Online.

Crisp, who achieved a first class honours degree from his BA Fashion Menswear course at Ravensbourne College, said: “The BFC MA scholarship award is amazing and I’m extremely happy. Without this funding from the British Fashion Council, I would not have the opportunity to study at MA level and develop my designs.”

Tyrrell added: “There was an incredible line up of graduates applying for the scholarship award this year. Thomas was clearly the strongest candidate and the panel believed he would really benefit and make good use from a further two year MA course. Previous winners of the scholarship include Erdem who went on to win the inaugural BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and has gone on to become a world star and designer brand.”

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