Winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Announced
The announcement was made at a cocktail reception hosted at Bulgari Hotel, London and partnered with Perrier-Jouët, Sophia saw off stiff competition from fellow shortlisted designers: Emilia Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman and Prism.
Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, commented: “Sophia Webster is a great winner for this year’s award. The brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for while Sophia and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism.”
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 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in their business.
(Image left: Caroline Rush, Sophia Webster and Alexandra Shulman photographed by Darren Gerrish – BFC)
Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council, commented: “Congratulations to Sophia Webster who has deservingly received this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The judging committee was impressed by her brilliant talent and thorough business acumen; seeing great potential for developing her label into an internationally acclaimed British brand. Sophia has an amazing ability to turn accessories into masterpieces and we are thrilled to support her at an exciting time of growth.”