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The British Fashion Council Celebrates Support For Fashion Designer Talent In The UK Through Its Newgen Initiative

Image courtesy of Wales Bonner

Image courtesy of Wales Bonner

Image courtesy of Wales Bonner

Image courtesy of Wales Bonner

Today, The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced WALES BONNER as the winner of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund at an intimate lunch hosted at The Conduit.

The Fund was established in 2008 and provides one designer with a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve-month period; as well as a £200,000 cash prize to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in their business.

Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue and Chair of the Fund Committee said: “Grace is a huge creative talent and her label WALES BONNER has a unique vision, which really relates to the now. Her diverse perspective and boundary breaking design is what we need more of within the industry. I look forward to seeing how this support propels her further.”

2018/19 Facts & Figures

  • 31 designer businesses supported in 2018/19 through BFC initiatives (NEWGEN, BFC Fashion Trust and BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund) and 21 scholars through scholarships

  • Number of scholarships awarded by the BFC Education Foundation increased from 11 to 21, taking the BFC’s financial commitment to students from £127K to over £200K – more than a 60% year on year increase

  • 204 teenagers supported through Saturday Clubs at 11 clubs across the UK this year 
    Fashion Studio Assistant Apprenticeship launched at London Fashion Week February 2019 – this is the 400th new government apprenticeship

  • £300,000, the largest single donation to the BFC Education Foundation was made by Swarovski at The Fashion Awards 2018

  • 538 students supported at universities: 270 event attendees; 181 competition entrants; 21 scholars

  • Since its inception NEWGEN has launched the careers of 249 designers

  • Since its inception the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded over £2 million to 42 designer businesses

  • The BFC Fashion Trust awarded grants totalling £380,000 between eight designers in 2018

  • £200,000 cash-prize received by Molly Goddard, winner of the 2018 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

  • More than 660 pro-bono hours donated by the BFC Fashion Business Network to designers

  • 15 external partners from the BFC Fashion Business Network provided bespoke mentoring and consultancy

  • 18 workshops and clinics hosted by industry professionals

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council commented: “The UK has a reputation of having some of the best fashion schools in the world as well as the most innovative and creative talent. We are delighted to be able to support many of them from school-level all the way through to established designer businesses through all our initiatives; this further reinforces our reputation as an international hub for creativity, innovation, talent and business. Congratulations to all the designers and thank you to all the Funders, mentors and supporters for making the UK’s talent support the most robust in the global market.”


NEWGEN is a BFC initiative that supports the very best emerging talent and aims to build global, high end fashion brands of the future. It is the most established designer development scheme globally.

NEWGEN offers designers financial support, showcasing opportunities and the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. The BFC, with support from the NEWGEN committee led by Sarah Mower MBE, delivers individual mentoring and business training sessions to assist the designers as they develop their business infrastructure and skills. NEWGEN designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference.



A-COLD-WALL* | Ahluwalia Studio | Alighieri | ART SCHOOL | ASAI | Bethany Williams | 
Bianca Saunders | Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY I Halpern | ISOSCELES Lingerie | Matty Bovan | 
Nicholas Daley | paria /FARZANEH | Per Götesson | Richard Malone | Richard Quinn | Roker 
| Stefan Cooke | Supriya Lele 


NEWGEN sponsorship is awarded annually to womenswear, menswear and accessories designers who will show at either London Fashion Week or London Fashion Week Men’s.