The British Fashion Council is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2019. 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.
The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund receives the generous support of British Vogue, Burberry, JD.com Inc., Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial and TOPSHOP.
Applications are strongly encouraged from all over the UK; the application process encourages brands to think strategically about the Fund’s core objective of business growth. All shortlisted designers will receive a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s business support team, with access to funders and industry experts. For the 11th year the Fund will award one winner and help bring new knowledge to designer businesses and the finance to put towards a full time or consultant team member but also to advise on areas such as accountancy, merchandising, business strategy, international growth, retail and e-commerce.
Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief British Vogue and Chair of the Fund Committee, said: " The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is a hugely important initiative and I am thrilled to open applications for 2019. This award highlights the diverse and inspirational design talent we foster in the UK, and I'm excited to see who will impress us as we move forward."
Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council, commented: “We are thrilled to open applications for the 2019 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. It is incredible to see the work of the applicants year after year, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the talent we have in the UK. The Fund provides a huge opportunity for both the shortlisted designers and the winner to gain invaluable knowledge and experience from our expert mentors and incredible monetary investment to grow and develop their brand on a global stage.”
Applicants need to be over three years in business, based in the UK and their collection should consist of womenswear and/or womenswear accessories. Applicants should have both UK and international stockists and should be able to demonstrate support from media. Applicants should be able to demonstrate to the judging panel a clear vision on how The Fund will contribute to the growth of their business. Full details on eligibility for The Fund can be found here.
Applications for The Fund will close on 7th February 2019.
The 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund was won by Molly Goddard and previous winners of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund include, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Mother of Pearl, palmer//harding, Peter Pilotto, Sophia Webster.