The British Fashion Council [BFC], which organises London Fashion Week, is to make Somerset House its permanent base from August 17.
The BFC has already confirmed it would relocate London Fashion Week from the Natural History Museum to Somerset House this September, when the event will celebrate its 25th birthday.
The BFC has been based at 5 Portland Place in the west end for more than two decades. The office is also the home of the UK Fashion and Textile Association [UKFT], the recently formed trade body which brings together the various fashion and textile trade associations to give them one united voice. The BFC, which signed up to join UKFT last week, said it remained committed to retaining its links with UKFT.
Caroline Rush, joint chief executive of the BFC, said: “Somerset House is an inspiring backdrop that will encourage creativity within our organisation and provide a home for British designer fashion that we can be proud of.”
Gwyn Miles, director of Somerset House Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome the British Fashion Council to their new home at Somerset House. They make a great addition to the creative environment that we are building here and we look forward to supporting London Fashion Week and the 25 year celebrations in September.”
London Fashion Week takes place September 18-22.