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Harold Tillman awarded CBE at Buckingham Palace

British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman has been awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.

Tillman, who has worked in the fashion industry for four decades, received the honour on Thursday. He was appointed CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours list for his services to the fashion industry.

Tillman, who is the owner and chairman of British heritage businesses Jaeger and Aquascutum said: “It is a real honour to be recognised in this way. The UK is home to some of the world’s leading fashion brands and I am proud to be associated with a number of them through the British Fashion Council and directly with Jaeger and Aquascutum. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to acquire these two wonderful British businesses with true heritage and be part of their revival.”

He was appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC) in 2008 and has spearheaded the revival of London Fashion Week as a showcase for British creativity and talent. He was credited with bringing designers including Antonio Berardi, Burberry Prorsum, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson and Pringle of Scotland back to the London catwalk.

As part of the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebrations he launched the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund to assist British designers.

Tillman studied at the London College of Fashion before gaining an apprenticeship at Savile Row tailor Kilgour. He became managing director and recruited Paul Smith to drive design and footballing legend George Best to promote the clothes.

Tillman also set up a scholarship at the London College of Fashion in 2006 and pledged £1m to sponsor ten MA students each year.

He sits on the board of the Fashion Enterprise Forum, which raises money for young industry entrepreneurs and is chairman of the Alumni Board for the University of the Arts London.

BFC chief executive Caroline Rush said: ‘Harold is an inspiring Chairman and driving force within the British Fashion Council and the industry as a whole. We are delighted that his achievements have been recognised in this way.’

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