We’re happy to re-announce the announcement made earlier today by the BFC that this year’s Vogue Designer Fashion Fund now has a shortlist, seen below. First set up in 2008, The Fund is aimed at discovering new talent and accelerating their trajectory into stardom over a 12 month period through lots of expert mentoring, with last year’s winner being shared between two recipients Mother of Pearl and palmer//harding. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the £200,000 cash prize that awaits the lucky winner. We can’t actually confirm that it’s cash, but wouldn’t that be great? Comprising this year’s panel of judges are a host of some of the biggest fashion names, including Edward Enninful, who Chaired this year’s panel, Caroline Rush, Erdem Moralioglu and Sarah Mower, with Edward saying of this year’s competition, “The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is a hugely important initiative and I am thrilled to have Chaired this year’s committee. Our shortlist is a true representation of 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”. As are we Edward, as are we. When will we find out? The shortlisted designers will first be interviewed by the Fund Judging Committee on 15th March with the winner being announced on 8th May 2018. All the very best of luck to the below designers, and a massive congratulations on making the short list!
Photograph by Jason Lloyd Evans at Marques’ Almeida AW17