British Fashion Council (BFC) announced the shortlisted designers for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2017, including: Huishan Zhang, Mother of Pearl, Osman, palmer//harding, Shrimps, Sophie Hulme and Toogood. The shortlisted designers will be interviewed by the Fund Judging Committee on Thursday 2 nd February 2017, with the winner being announced on Tuesday 4 th April 2017. This year’s shortlist is an excellent demonstration of the breadth of fashion talent in this country. Any one of them will be a worthy recipient of funding that is specifically designed to help their business in a very targeted way so that it can grow into a greater role on the global fashion stage. I congratulate all of the shortlisted designers for the tenacious creativity that has got them to this point. – Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the Fund Committee
We are so fortunate to have an amazing pool of talent in London and this year’s shortlist is no exception. All the designers have demonstrated incredible talent and strong business skills. I believe they all have the potential to become the UK’s next global brands and the new format of the Fund will help them achieve that goal. – Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council Previous winners of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund are: Christopher Kane , Erdem , Mary Katrantzou , Nicholas Kirkwood , Peter Pilotto and Sophia Webster .