BFC Vogue/Designer Fashion Fund nominees
Emilia Wickstead, House of Holland, Mary Katrantzou, Osman, Peter Pilotto and Zoe Jordan are nominated designers by BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. Each of the nominated designers is in a strong position to develop into a global designer brand and represent the best of London’s thriving fashion talent. Winner will receive 12 month high level mentoring support as well as £200,000 grant to take him to next level. Winner of the award will be announced 28th January 2014. Program is supported by Burberry, Clothing at Tesco, Debenhams, Harrods, Paul Smith, TOPSHOP and VOGUE.
is a graduate of Central Saint Martins. She worked in the design studios and in editorial in New York, Milan and London before launching her eponymous label in 2009. Originally making her name as a made-to-measure atelier, Emilia expanded her repertoire to include seasonal ready-to-wear collections in 2011 with her first season at London Fashion Week. Collaborations include Manolo Blahnik.
House of Holand
is designed by Henry Holland. he was born in Ramsbottom. Henry went on to study at the London College of Printing. He was a stylist before setting up his label.
was born in Athens, Greece. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and then completed both her BA and MA at Central Saint Martins. She has previously worked for Sophia Kokosalaki and freelanced for Bill Blass, amongst other designers. She was awarded NEWGEN sponsorship for six seasons (spring/summer 2009 – autumn/winter 2011).
designed by Osman Yousefzada. British born Osman Yousefzada was making clothes from a young age. His mother ran a couture dress making business in Birmingham, where Osman cemented his love for cloth and its workmanship. He went on to study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins before launching his own label in September 2007, and has been showing at LFW since 2008. He received NEWGEN sponsorship for three seasons (SS07 – SS08). Osman was nominated for the annual Designs of Year 2007 award at the Design Museum, which features the best 100 designs internationally.
designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Pilotto is half-Austrian, half-Italian and De Vos is half-Belgian, half-Peruvian. The designers met whilst studying at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the year 2000. Peter Pilotto’s vision of womenswear embraces both new and classic perspectives on elegance. Otherworldly prints combine with soft, sculptural shapes to form the handwriting of the design duo, something which evolves and is explored each season as opposed to being reactionary.
Zoë Jordan studied architecture, however her love for clothing construction prevailed and Zoë Jordan was launched in spring/summer 12. Zoë Jordan represents feminine swagger and a boyish insouciance.
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