BFC Changemakers Prize in partnership with Swarovski

The winners of the BFC Changemakers Prize in Partnership with Swarovski have been announced!

The nine nominees, were nominated by colleagues, peers, employers and businesses, recognising their outstanding work within one of the three pillars of the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion: Environment, People or Craftsmanship and Community.

The three winners, one representing each IPF pillar, are as follows (1,2,3). Each receives a £7500 cash prize as well as a mentoring package.
Scroll down to meet the winners. 


Cyndia Harvey People

John Hickling Environment

Andrew Kenny Community & Craftsmanship


Cyndia Harvey

As one of the most exciting hairstylists of her generation, Cyndia has a unique vision for inclusive beauty, aiming to represent the entire spectrum of beauty and utilise her skills to ght for the visibility of underrepresented groups of society. A champion of Black women and Black hair, she created the powerful, thought-provoking lm ‘This Hair of Mine’, 2017.

Laura Johnson & Zoe Proctor

Leading the “inclusion revolution”, Laura and Zoe set up Zebedee Talent Agency, the rst and only of its kind, representing models with disabilities and visible di erences and hoping to change a itudes, creating a more inclusive industry. The agency has since expanded to represent other marginalised groups on its books, such as visibly different people, transgender and non-binary people.

Rahemur Rahman

Designer, lmmaker and campaigner, Rahemur focuses on representing the British Bangladeshi communities in London and transgender rights in Bangladesh through teaching and community outreach. Rahemur Rahman Ltd launched in 2019 to highlight artisanal textile and cultural references from South Asia and the UK, aiming to decolonise cra manship through fashion design and creating spaces for underrepresented voices in luxury fashion.

John Hickling

John is the founder of Glass Onion in South Yorkshire, a vintage and remade clothing provider to the Highstreet who have recently launched a DTC website. Sorting and grading een tonnes of used clothing each week, they are growing a factory that only ‘remakes’ vintage clothing – cu ing, sewing and remaking 12,000 remade pieces per month.


The Judges

Caroline Rush

Caroline Rush CBE is the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC). 

Since her appointment as Chief Executive in April 2009, she has focused on strengthening the British Fashion Council’s network and platforms to connect businesses with global audiences both trade and consumer. Last year the BFC has launched The Institute of Positive Fashion as an engine room for change, galvanising the industry to address how it can more positively impact the Environment, People and Community.  Caroline and her team have successfully pivoted London Fashion Week and the Fashion Awards to digital platforms and look forward to returning to hybrid digital and physical formats for 2021.  Caroline sits on the UK’s Creative Industry Trade Board and is also co-founder of LOCA, a platform and global community of brands and talent to connect more easily and collaborate more efficiently.

Giovanna Engelbert

Giovanna Engelbert is an Italian Creative Director, international Editor and Fashion Consultant with over 20 years of experience. Born and raised in Milan, Giovanna has worked with global luxury brands on their ongoing creative and sustainable transformation of products, imagery, retail, organizations and marketing campaigns.

She has now been appointed Global Creative Director at Swarovski. Already having been committed to the creative direction of Swarovski’s B2B division since 2016 by bringing her consistent and compelling point of view in the areas of ingredient branding, design and content curation, her role will now cover all creative aspects of Swarovski as a whole. 

Edward Enninful

Edward Enninful took over as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue in August 2017.

Prior to that Edward was Creative and Fashion Director of the American magazine W since 2011, where he worked with the world's best fashion photographers to produce ground-breaking, highly admired work. His experience as a fashion editor dates back to 1991 when he was named Fashion Director of the avant-garde British title i-D at the age of 19, a position he held for more than 20 years. In the years between 1998 and 2011 he contributed extensively to American Vogue and Italian Vogue.

Born in Ghana 49 years ago, one of six children, Enninful was brought to London as a child and grew up in the city's Ladbroke Grove area. He became interested in fashion as a teenager when he was scouted as a fashion model. He displayed a talent for fashion styling which led the then Editor of I-D, Terry Jones, to appoint Enninful as the magazine's fashion director, the youngest in the industry. He attended Goldsmith's, University of London, well known for its art programmes, but left before graduation in order to plunge full-time into a fashion editing career.

Farrah Storr

Farrah Storr is a multi-award-winning editor and journalist. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of ELLE UK, as well as having formerly edited Cosmopolitan and Women's Health magazine, which she launched in 2012. 

Most recently, Farrah was cited as one of the UK's most influential Asians in the GG2 Power List, as well as one of Walpole Luxury’s 50 most influential people in British luxury. She is also cited as one of the only 36 BAME people on the Guardian’s list of the 1,000 most powerful people in Britain. She is the author of The Discomfort Zone(Piatkus) and a member of the Social Mobility Commission.

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