Today the British Fashion Council (BFC) announces the shortlisted designers for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2018. The Fund has a number of generous supporters.

David Koma l Huishan Zhang l Le Kilt l Marques’ Almeida l Molly Goddard l Rejina Pyo

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 high-profile industry judging committee of the Fund encouraged applications  from all over the UK this year. They put many new names on the radar for the first time.

This year’s judging committee is chaired by Edward Enninful OBE, Editor of British Vogue. The committee comprises of experts from across the fashion industry: 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.

The application process encouraged 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. They will have access to funders and industry experts including a roundtable hosted by Sir Paul Smith and a mentoring session from Rodial’s Maria Hatzistefanis. Additionally, Xia Ding of JD.com will offer expertise on how to best penetrate the Chinese market, the world’s second largest consumer and luxury market, and expand their customer bases into the country.

Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief of 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 have Chaired this year’s committee. Our shortlist is a true representation of the diverse and inspirational design talent we foster in the UK. I’m excited to see who will impress us as we move forward.’

The shortlisted designers will be interviewed by the Fund Judging Committee on Thursday 15th March 2018 at Mortimer House, London W1T 3JH, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 8th May 2018.

Previous winners of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Mother of Pearl, Nicholas Kirkwood, palmer//harding, Peter Pilotto and Sophia Webster.

The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund is proudly supported by British Vogue, Burberry, Harrods, JD.com, LABEL, Paul Smith, Rodial and Topshop.

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