The British Fashion Council has announced Mary Katrantzou as the winner of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The Fund was established in 2008 and provides one designer with a bespoke, high level mentoring support program over a twelve month period, as well as a £200,000 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in their business.
Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, commented: “Mary Katrantzou is incredibly deserving of this year’s award. It was an extremely diverse shortlist, but ultimately we all agreed that Mary has not only created a strong and hugely appealing identity for her work but that she has put in place measures that, along with the support of this prize, should ensure an exciting and successful next stage of her career.”
Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, Mother of Pearl, Osman, and Sophia Webster were shortlisted for the 2015 prize. They were invited to present their collections and five year business plans to the Fund judging committee which is made up of representatives from businesses who support the Fund and industry experts.
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council, commented: “A huge congratulations goes to Mary who has deservingly received this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. As anyone who has met her knows, she is a tireless worker, has an abundance of creativity and has grown from being one of London Fashion Week’s must-see emerging talents to one of the world’s most talked about designers. It really is a pleasure working with Mary and we are thrilled that we are able to support her business at an exciting time of growth.”
Chaired by Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue, the Fund Judging Committee comprises representatives from those supporting the Fund, as well as industry professionals including Caroline Rush, (British Fashion Council); Ian Lewis, (No.14 Savile Row); Mary Homer, (Topshop); Joan Burstein, (Browns); Naomi Campbell; Samantha Cameron; Sarah Manley, (Burberry) and Susanne Tide-Frater, (Farfetch/Victoria Beckham).