The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the new recipients of financial and mentoring support from the BFC Fashion Trust. Grants totalling £300,000 have been split between nine designers: David Koma, Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Marios Schwab, Mother of Pearl, palmer//harding, Prism,
Sibling and Sophia Webster.
Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council said: “The generous support from the BFC Fashion Trust will see important financial awards go to nine of the UK’s talented designers. Their fashion labels have shown exciting growth and both individually and collectively their businesses reinforce the UK’s reputation for creative strength.”
The BFC also announced the Graduate Traineeship Programme which is funded by donations from the Fashion Trust members. The programme offers BA and MA design graduates the opportunity to apply for a twelve month paid placement with one of London Fashion Week’s fashion designers. In the first year, two students from the Royal College of Art were placed within the businesses of Roksanda and Erdem.
Tania Fares and Kim Hersov, Co-chairs BFC Fashion Trust said: “British fashion is recognised globally for its energy and inventiveness which is why we need to support the industry at grass roots. The Fashion Trust will continue to support talented designer labels so that the UK can continue to build the brands of the future.”