The BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2016 was awarded to Sophia Webster last Easter week, the young shoe designer beating her shortlisted competitors Emilia Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman and Prism to the prize. Set up in 2008 to celebrate the British Fashion Council’s 25th anniversary, the Vogue Designer Fashion Fund was launched by Chairman Harold Tillman with the aim to assist talented British designers to make the transition to a global fashion brand. Sophia will now receive a bespoke mentoring programme over a 12-month period and a £200,000 grant to help build the necessary infrastructure to progress the her business plan. The judging panel this year consisted of the likes of British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman and Victoria Beckham, the former commenting that her ‘brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for […] and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism’. Sophia is taking on the title from last years winner Mary Katrantzou, whose label has clearly has gone on to benefit hugely from the scheme, but is only the second shoe designer to have ever won the award. Congratulations to Sophia, and we look forward to seeing where her brand will progress to next.
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