The birthplace of punk has shown once again that they recognize the value of anti-establishment, rewarding 29-year-old designer Molly Goddard the top prize in BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Goddard, whose off-schedule beginnings and refreshingly off guarded collection, took home the top prize of £200,000 and a year-long mentoring scheme. She along with finalist David Koma, Huishan Zhang, Le Kilt, Marques’ Almeida, and Rejina Pyo were shortlisted for the 2018 prize requiring them to draw up business plans and present their collections to an expert panel of judges.
Established in 2008, the Fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate growth over a twelve-month period through mentoring and awarding a cash prize of £200,000. Chaired by Edward Enninful OBE, Editor of British Vogue, the judging committee is made up of representatives from businesses who support the Fund and industry experts: Caroline Rush CBE, British Fashion Council; Erdem Moralioglu, ERDEM; Gemma Metheringham, LABEL; Helen David, Harrods; Jourdan Dunn, model; Maria Hatzistefanis, Rodial; Sarah Manley, Burberry; Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent & Vogue Runway; Paul Price, Topshop and Xia Ding, JD.com.
“From the £200,000 prize money to the invaluable mentorship from industry insiders, this award is game-changing for any business,” Caroline Rush CBE, British Fashion Council CEO, explained during the announcement.
Since her anti-establishment, off-schedule beginnings, she won the British Emerging Talent Award at the 2016 Fashion Awards, narrowly missed out on the LVMH Prize in 2017, amassed 50 plus stockists worldwide and now, is named the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner.
“Molly is an original, she has a singular vision that has propelled her label to an international level,” Enninful added. “A playful edge and a strong DNA make for a singularly off-beat formula. She is the definition of talent and what Britain does best in this creative industry.”
The Impression congratulates all the nominees and Molly, and welcomes the next generation of British punks.