Three Students to Receive BFC MA Scholarships
The BFC Education Foundation was set up to establish pathways through education and into employment for exceptionally talented people studying BA and MA fashion courses.
The three 2015 recipients of the MA Scholarship 2015 are:
Benny Andaloo from Central Saint Martins (CSM) will continue to study the MA Fashion Menswear course at CSM (collection image right)
Gabriella Sardena from Manchester School of Art will go on to study the MA Fashion Textiles course at CSM (collection image below left)
Shaun Harris from Kingston has opted to study the MA Fashion Womenswear course at the Royal College of Art (RCA) (collection image right)
The BFC Education Foundation is a registered charity and is dependent upon the generosity of the companies and individuals funding scholarships at both BA and MA levels. With fees for a BA home student now running at £27,000 (without counting the cost of rent, living and materials) it is ever-more acutely important to support the most promising talent through the additional expense of taking an MA, for which fees are set at around £9,500.
The scheme is funded by donations from Coach, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-Porter and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha. This project has also been partly supported by HM Government with Employer Ownership funding through Creative Skillset.
Previous winners of the scholarship include Aitor Throup in 2004 and Erdem Moralıoğlu in 2002. Aitor Throup runs his own label and is a creative consultant at G-Star. Erdem went on to win the inaugural BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and the Womenswear Designer of the Year award at the 2014 British Fashion Awards.
Aitor Throup commented: “The BFC have long been committed to supporting young talent from their earliest stages through its Education Foundation. I was honoured to receive one of the scholarships for my own Masters degree at the Royal College of Art, and was equally honoured to be asked by Sarah Mower and the BFC to be on the panel to help select this year’s recipients. We saw an incredible amount of talent and it’s encouraging to know that the support has gone to such deserving candidates. I wish them all success with their studies and their careers. We are all excited about their future and I’m looking forward to following their progress.”
Applications for the scholarships were open to graduating students from member colleges of the BFC’s Colleges Council. Eleven shortlisted applicants were interviewed by a judging panel consisting of Aitor Throup, designer; Clara Mercer, BFC Head of Communications; Janet Lance Hughes, artist and former Head of Fashion Design and Communication at CSM; and Sarah Mower MBE, American Vogue journalist and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent.