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Announcing the 2022 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund shortlist

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The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the shortlisted designers for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2022 on Tuesday.

The 8 shortlisted designers are Richard Malone, Richard Quinn, TOVE, Chopova Lowena, Completedworks, ELV DENIM, NEOUS and Nicholas Daley. In 2021, the award went to Bethany Williams, with the inaugural award in 2010 won by Erdem.

The judging panel includes a list of notable industry experts and is chaired by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful. Others include Caroline Rush, CEO of BFC, Elizabeth von der Goltz, commercial director of Matchesfashion, Lauren Indvik, fashion editor of the Financial Times and Sarah Mower, chief critic of Vogue.com.

The fund supports fashion companies

Established in 2008, the BFC Vogue Fashion Fund aims to support creativity in business through a bespoke mentorship program and £200,000 cash prize. The Fund is backed by British Vogue, Burberry, Clearpay, Paul Smith and Rodial.

Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue and European Editorial Director of Vogue and Chairman of the Fund Committee, said: “The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is an integral initiative which supports emerging talent in the fashion industry at UK. Congratulations to all the shortlisted designers who faithfully reflect the UK’s exceptional creative talent.”

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, said: “Congratulations to all the shortlisted designers. The team was amazed at the exceptional talent on display. The business environment is getting tougher and tougher, so it’s vital that our community comes together and supports these talented forces that are driving fashion forward. This year’s shortlist demonstrates the incredible diversity of talent we have here in the UK and we are very excited to be working with Edward and our new judging committee members and funders.

The Fund’s criteria reflect the values ​​of design excellence and business acumen, and applications were encouraged across the UK, the BFC said in an emailed statement. Collections must incorporate the three pillars of the Positive Fashion Institute: Environment, People & Community, and Craftsmanship into their brand.

The BFC Vogue Fashion Fund is part of the BFC Foundation, which brings together all of the BFC’s charitable initiatives under one roof, supporting the future growth and success of the UK fashion industry by focusing on three areas: education , grant making and business mentoring.

In the last financial year, BFC raised £1.7 million for the BFC Foundation and its talent support initiatives and supported 34 designers and a number of students through mentorship and support grants financial.

The shortlisted designers will be interviewed by the fund’s evaluation committee next March and the winner(s) will be announced in May.