BFC launches new fundWednesday, 04 November 2009
The Council is known for its existing schemes such as NEWGEN supported by Topshop and Fashion Forward supported by the London Development Agency. The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund ads a third layer to this support scheme with the aim of aiding British Designers to become global brands.
In order to be eligible for this scheme, designers must have an established business. They must also be UK based, as well as having UK and International stockists and support from key media both UK and Internationally. They must also demonstrate a clear vision for their business and how the fund would contribute to their growth with a focus on creating an international brand.
Applications are invited from all eligible designers with immediate effect and need to be received by 2nd December. A committee of patrons and industry experts will then produce a shortlist of applicants who will be invited for interview and the winner and finalists will be announced in April 2010. British Vogue will document the judging process in its May 2010 issue.
Alexandra Shulman, Editor of Vogue said “Vogue is delighted to partner in launching this fund. There are some strong designer businesses based here in the UK and many more emerging design talents. This Fund aims to help our most talented designers to become the global fashion brands of our future.”
Harold Tillman will be Chair of the Fund and Alexandra Shulman will chair the inaugural Judging Panel.