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Christopher Bailey to chair Fashion Fringe

Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey has been named as the chair of the Fashion Fringe competition for the next two years.

In his new role at Fashion Fringe, a competition to support up and coming British design talent, Bailey will judge, select and mentor three finalists and the winner of the 2012 award. Past chairs of the competition, which was set up in 2004, include Donatella Versace, John Galliano and Tom Ford.

Colin McDowell, founder and creative director of Fashion Fringe, said: “I have waited some time before asking Christopher to be our Chair as I wanted the run up to our tenth anniversary year (2013) to be very special. And I know that an association with Christopher and Burberry will make it just that and provide a perfect path to carry us through from one decade to the next.”

Bailey said: “Fashion Fringe provides a wonderful platform to develop emerging creative talent, and I am very proud to be partnering with them to unearth the next generation of exciting designers. The support, mentoring and guidance I received at the early stages of my career gave me the belief and self-confidence to explore the many wonderful opportunities that I’ve had.”

This year’s competition will be open for entries from March 12 via the Fashion Fringe website fashionfringe.co.uk.

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