23 May 2012

Fashion Fringe finalists announced by Christopher Bailey

Burberry Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey last night announced Haizhen Wang, Teija Eilola and Vita Gottlieb as the three designers selected as finalists for this year’s Fashion Fringe award. The announcement was made at a reception held at Burberry global headquarters Horseferry House in London. Following two days of having their technical abilities reviewed and critiqued at the London College of Fashion and business plans assessed during an interview with Christopher Bailey and Colin McDowell, Bailey made his final decision. The trio will now embark on the Fashion Fringe programme, which begins with mentoring from influential names within the industry. As well as sessions provided by Fashion Fringe Partners, for the first time this year the Finalists will receive an exclusive opportunity to learn from the teams at Burberry. At the catwalk show in September, Christopher Bailey will select one designer as the overall winner, receiving a two-year development package to help set up and sustain their business; which includes financial support and business planning advice, further mentoring and a fully equipped studio at Somerset House.

Bailey, the 2012 Chairman and sole judge commented: “It has been such an incredible experience to be involved in the selection of our three Fashion Fringe Finalists. It really is an honour...to be able to give these Finalists the opportunity to spend the summer doing what they love and honing their craft. I cannot wait to see the fruits of their hard work in September – this really is just the beginning of their journey."
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