British up-and-coming designer Mary Katrantzou has been named as this year’s British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize winner.
Established in 2008, the fund provides support to the winning designer, including an infrastructure grant of 200,000 pounds, or $298,500, along with mentoring for a year to help the designers grow their business.
This year, the shortlist of candidates for the fund which were announced in February included Katrantzou as well as fellow designers Emilia Wickstead, Holly Fulton, Michael van der Ham, Mother of Pearl, Osman, and Sophia Webster.
Designers presented five-year business plans and their collections to the judging committee, which included BFC CEO Caroline Rush, Joan Burstein, Samantha Cameron and Naomi Campbell. The prize is sponsored by British Vogue along with Burberry, Debenhams, Harrods, Paul Smith, and Topshop. Previous winning designer recipients include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto.
To allow the fashion curious to peek into the process, the BFC has created an online video series “Designer Fashion Fund,” which pulls back the curtain to allow viewers to watch the designer’s application and interviews with the judging panel. The episodes will be published during the course of the year on Youtube.com/BritishFashionTV as well as Vogue.co.uk.
The Impression would like to congratulate all of the candidates as well as Mary Katrantzou and we look forward to covering all of your future success.