03 June 2015

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2016 entries now open

Applications for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2016 open today with changes to the application process. Established in 2008, The Fund aims to discover new talent and accelerate the rise of the next big star of British fashion design. The winner will receive a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve month period, as well as a £200,000 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to propel them to the next stage in their business. The application process for 2016 has been revised and now includes a two-step process. All designers are invited to apply by completing the online form no later than 7 August. These will be reviewed by a judging committee chaired by British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman alongside industry experts and funding representatives who will select a shortlist. These shortlisted designers will be invited to submit their five year business plan focusing on areas for growth and how the prize money will help develop their business into a global brand. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview, with the winner announced in March 2016. Designers eligible for the scheme must be based in the UK, with both domestic and international stockists and support from key media in the UK and internationally. The winner must demonstrate a clear vision for their business and how the Fund will contribute to their growth, with a focus on creating a global brand.

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