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British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a non-profit trade group for British fashion designers founded in 1983. Its main goal is to promote British fashion design in both the UK and internationally. Organising the twice-yearly London Fashion Week is one of the primary activities.

British Fashion Council
London Fashion Week is organised by British Fashion Council
Formation 6 January 1983; 35 years ago (1983-01-06)
Purpose Promote British fashion in the UK and internationally
Headquarters Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2
Leader Natalie Massenet
Website British Fashion Council
Manish Arora designs at London Fashion Week 2007
Gareth Pugh fashion at London Fashion Week 2006


Leadership and activitiesEdit

Based in London, it was formerly chaired by Natalie Massenet and its current chief executive is Caroline Rush.[1][2] Previous chairs of the BFC have included Edward Rayne, Nicholas Coleridge CBE, Harold Tillman and Sir Stuart Rose.[3][4][5]

A key activity of the BFC is to organise the twice yearly London Fashion Week, the main showcase for high fashion brands operating in the UK.[2] The organisation also organises the annual British Fashion Awards, designed to celebrate leading designers and newcomers to the industry.[6]

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.[7]

Michelle and Rachel Yeoh serve on the BFC's advisory committee.[8]

In May 2018, BFC appointed former England's football team captain, David Beckham, as its new Ambassadorial president.[9]

Development of the organisationEdit

LFW Carousel

The British Fashion Council (BFC) was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit limited company.[10] 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:


  • London Fashion Week
  • London Fashion Week Men's (LFWM)
  • The Fashion Awards
  • London Fashion Week Festival

BFC Support InitiativesEdit

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

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


  1. ^ Karmali, Sarah (5 September 2012). "Natalie Massenet named BFC Chairman". Vogue. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Caroline Rush". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ White, Belinda (5 September 2012). "Natalie Massenet appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  4. ^ Day, Elizabeth (31 May 2009). "Marks and Spencer's Stuart Rose:". The Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  5. ^ Driver, Christopher (8 February 1992). "Obituary: If the shoe fits, sell it". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Groskop, Viv. "Natalie Massenet: style leader who means business". The Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  7. ^ O'Conor, Lottie (25 June 2014). "10 minutes with...Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Malaysian Twins Who Studied Law Make It Big In UK's Fashion Industry - WORLD OF BUZZ".
  9. ^ "David Beckham Confirmed As Fashion Royalty". Esquire. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b c O'Byrne, Robert; Worsley-Taylor, Annette (2009). Style City: How London Became a Fashion Capital. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd. ISBN 9780711228955.
  14. ^ "London Fashion Week". Flur Magazine. Feb 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2014.

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