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British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interest of the British fashion industry and its designer businesses by harnessing and sharing collective knowledge, experience and resources of the sector. Founded in 1983, the BFC organises biannual womenswear and menswear showcases, London Fashion Week (LFW) and London Fashion Week Men's (LFWM) promotes the best of British design to an international audience.

British Fashion Council
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London Fashion Week is organised by British Fashion Council
Formation6 January 1983; 35 years ago (1983-01-06)
PurposePromote British fashion in the UK and internationally
HeadquartersSomerset House, Strand
London, WC2
LeaderNatalie Massenet
WebsiteBritish Fashion Council
Manish Arora designs at London Fashion Week 2007
Gareth Pugh fashion at London Fashion Week 2006

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Leadership and activitiesEdit

Based in London, the British Fashion Council (BFC) is currently chaired by Stephanie Phair and since 2009, Caroline Rush CBE has been the organisations Chief Executive. Previous Chairs of the BFC have included Natalie Massenet, Edward Rayne, Nicholas Coleridge CBE, Harold Tillman and Sir Stuart Rose.

The BFC organises the twice-yearly London Fashion Week (LFW) and London Fashion Week Men's (LFWM), showcasing the best of British fashion design to an international audience of press and buyers. Alongside this, each season LONDON show ROOMS takes emerging designers to Paris providing the opportunity to promote overseas. The BFC also organises the annual Fashion Awards, designed to celebrate creativity and innovation within the industry, as well as London Fashion Week Festival (LFWF), an all-inclusive event open to the public.

Another facet of the organisation's activities is to support the next generation of designers by supervising fashion higher education and apprenticeships in the United Kingdom.

Michelle and Rachel Yeoh serve on the BFC's advisory committee.

In May 2018, BFC appointed former England's football team captain, David Beckham, as its new Ambassadorial President.

Development of the organisationEdit

 
LFW Carousel

The British Fashion Council (BFC) was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit limited company.[1] Prior to the establishment of a single body to promote the interests of the British fashion industry, there were a number of organisations that existed to promote different interests within British fashion. These included:

EventsEdit

  • London Fashion Week (LFW)
  • London Fashion Week Men's (LFWM)
  • The Fashion Awards
  • LONDON show ROOMS
  • London Fashion Week Festival

BFC Support InitiativesEdit

  • BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund
  • Headonism
  • Rock Vault
  • NEWGEN

BFC CharitiesEdit

  • The BFC Education Foundation
  • The Fashion Trust
  • The Fashion Arts Foundation
  • The Fashion Arts Commissions
  • The Fashion Arts Film Commissions
  • The Global Fund
  • Britain Creates

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sterlacci Purvin, Francesca; Arbuckle, Joanne (2008). Historical Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press. pp. 26, 75. ISBN 9780810854543. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ Waddell, Gavin (2004). How Fashion Works: Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Mass Production. Oxford: Blackwell Science. pp. 175–7. ISBN 9780632057528. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ Sterlacci Purvin, Francesca; Arbuckle, Joanne (2008). Historical Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press. pp. 26, 75. ISBN 9780810854543. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c O'Byrne, Robert; Worsley-Taylor, Annette (2009). Style City: How London Became a Fashion Capital. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd. ISBN 9780711228955.
  5. ^ "London Fashion Week". Flur Magazine. Feb 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 21 July 2014.

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