A massive congratulations to Mary Katrantzou for winning this years BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The initiative launched by BFC (British Fashion Council) chairman Harold Tillman in September 2008, provides one lucky British based designer £200,000 (N59,193,887) and access to top class mentoring support. The main aim of the fund is to help talented British designers who have a huge potential for commercial growth to make the transition to a global fashion brand.
Mary beat the hosts of other talented designers to the prize such as Sophie Webster, Osman, Mother of Pearl, Michael Van der Ham , Holly Fulton and Emilia Wickstead. In an interview with vogue after she was pronounced winner, Mary stated that “You go through different stages of growth in your business and this past year specifically has been huge for us so it’s incredible to win now. Before the announcement I didn’t really think, ‘What if we win?’ Everyone is just so strong in different ways, and everyone needs the award for different reasons, that you never really consider that. You are constantly called to raise your game by all the amazing talent that’s around you here in London and that can inspire you to do great things. Having mentors like Alex Shulman, Sarah Mower, Caroline Rush and Natalie Massenet means that you get that boost and the advice you need as you go along, which is really important to nurture your business commercially as well as creatively. I’m so grateful.”
See Mary’s recent collection at the London Fashion Week 2015 here.