The Emerging British Fashion Designers Of 2018
The British Fashion Council (BFC) are hugely passionate about supporting and funding young British fashion designers and helping them to become more established in the fashion industry on a global scale. As part of this support, the BFC runs an initiative NEWGEN (New Generation) to mentor and financially support emerging talents, giving these handpicked designers an opportunity to showcase their collections.
NEWGEN sponsorship is awarded annually to both womenswear and menswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week or London Fashion Week Men’s. This funding can see these designers receiving support for up to three years. This year is also the first year that three accessory brands have been chosen for funding.
Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chair of the NEWGEN Committee said:
“Across women’s, menswear and now, accessories, NEWGEN is a snapshot of the best and most innovative young fashion talent this country has to offer. Amongst this cohort, there are designers speaking up about things that matter- their identities, sustainability and ethical behaviour. They’re a super-inspiring generation; and we are incredibly grateful to all the experts who devote their time and advice to helping them achieve in business.”
BFC hosted an event at The May Fair Hotel last week to highlight and celebrate the 2018 designers awarded prizes and financial contributions including the announcement of the 2018/19 NEWGEN line-up and the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner.
For the first time, the following fashion designers will receive funding and support from the BFC:
Alighieri, Isosceles, Matty Bovan, Per Gotesson, Supriya Lele and The Season Hats
The following existing NEWGEN designers will continue to receive support from the BFC:
A-COLD-WALL*, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Halpern, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Nicholas Daley, Paula Knorr, Phoebe English, Richard Malone, Richard Quinn, Wales Bonner
‘One to Watch’ support has been awarded to Bianca Saunders and Pariah Farzaneh, who will be given exhibition space in the LFW Designer Showrooms at The Store Studios this September.
2018 BFC/VOGUE Designer Fashion Fund Winner went to Molly Goddard. Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue and Chair of the Fund Committee said:
“Molly Goddard is an original, she has a singular vision that has propelled her label to an international level. She is the definition of talent and what Britain does best in our creative industry.”
BFC's NEWGEN initiative has recently seen fashion designers COTTWEILER, Marta, Jakubowski, Molly Goddard and Sadie Williams graduate from the scheme, the same scheme that previously helped launch the careers of Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha and Erdem.
Fashion designers coming through this BFC initiative are certainly ones to watch. As you can see these guys know how to spot talent!