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.
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.
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 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.
Co-founders of Stay Wild Swim – A sustainable essentials and swimwear brand creating products from ocean plastic - the pair have developed the world’s rst fully circular swimsuit and created ‘The Circularity Project’. The project accepts broken and unwearable swimwear and then sends it on to be recycled and repurposed into eco-industrial products.
Patrick is an innovative young designer making great strides with his eponymous label and as Sustainability Design Director for Pinko fashion house. In addition, as Global Ambassador for the Graduate Fashion Foundation, he works with mentees at the foundation and institutions across the UK to explore more sustainable methods of working with a holistic approach.
Owner of The London Embroidery Studio in East London, Andrew uses traditional skills to generate new exciting techniques with cu ing edge embroidery machines. Marrying new technology with the exportation of new techniques is at the heart of his creative strategy, developing embroidery for large and small fashion, interior, lm and TV clients worldwide. This is alongside o ering courses to the local community, o en with discounts for disadvantaged members/those on a low income.
Cozette is a connector and brand ambassador at Iceberg. An integral member of the Emergency Designer Network, researching, funding and bringing together designers and technicians across the industry to make PPE for the NHS for COVID, Coze e worked with the likes of YNAP and Matches Fashion to support the logistics for this project.
Founder of The Deck London – the rst-ever solely-female shop front in Saville Row history. The Deck is a made-to- measure tailoring house for women and by women. Daisy is paving the way for more female tailors and those who want to break barriers.
Celebrating individuals who have made a specific contribution towards reducing the environmental impact of our industry for positive change, including circularity. Exploring new business models, design principles, production processes, consumption and disposal.
Recognising the individuals or organisations who have led change by encouraging equal, diverse, empowered workforces from head office, through supply chain to shop floor.
Focusing on the positive impact the fashion industry has on communities, especially in light of the global pandemic, as well as the role skills and craftsmanship can play in sustaining local livelihoods.
Entrants will be nominated by colleagues, peers, businesses and employers in recognition of outstanding work that aligns with one of the three pillars of the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion. Applications are now closed.
A panel of judges made up of a number of inspiring, high-profile individuals from the fashion and creative industries will select nine finalists and then three winners; one representing each of the Institute of Positive Fashion pillars.
The three winners will receive a mentorship package that offers support to continue their work within the industry and a cash prize of £7,500. The winners will be announced on Thursday 2ns September 2021.
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 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 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 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.
Known for his radically innovative work, Ibrahim Kamara has been described as one of the most exciting creative voices of a generation. His distinct point of view is daring, marrying high fashion with the wholly unexpected. Striking the perfect balance between curated looks and bold artistic direction, Kamara elevates his styling into art.In 2018, Kamara was appointed Fashion Editor at Large for i-D magazine and in 2021 is the Fashion Editor at Large of Dazed. His editorial work has also been featured in Italian and British Vogue, Love, Double, AnOther, and M le mag (Le Monde). He has collaborated with photographers including Paolo Roversi, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Glen Luchford, Jack Davison and Sam Rock. He has consulted for brands including Fenty, Hermès, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, and Erdem, and has consulted with artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Sampha, Robyn, and Solange.
Jo Ellison is the editor of How To Spend It and deputy editor of FT Weekend. Before this she was fashion editor of the Financial Times. She was features director at British Vogue for seven years, worked at The Independent and started her career at the Irish Examiner. Ms Ellison is the author of Vogue: The Gown, an overview of evening dresses in British Vogue over the last century. She holds an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh.
Lily Cole has worked with notable photographers and artists from Steven Meisel to Gilliam Wearing. She was the youngest model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, and was listed by French Vogue as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Lily began working as an actress when she was 6 years old, then returned to film when she was 16 in Marilyn Manson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. In 2009 she played the female lead in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. Since then she has made over fifteen films with directors including Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Roland Joffe, Mary Harron and Rian Johnson; performed at the Globe theatre, The Old Vic theatre and Trafalgar Studios. Lily has written and presented several documentaries, shoots photography and has directed several short films.
Munroe Bergdorf is a writer, model, activist and Doctor of Letters, and has become recognised globally for her activism. In August 2020, not only did British Vogue name her in the Top 25 most influential Women in the country (alongside Rihanna and the Queen) but Teen Vogue described her as “a powerful and unstoppable force and the world should take notice,” and featured her on the cover of their coveted September issue. Munroe was most recently been announced as the winner of Attitude’s Hero Award 2020, presented by Edward Enninful.
Tan France has been a successful fashion designer behind-the-scenes for over 15 years and became a breakout star following the launch of the Emmy-winning reboot of the reality makeover series "Queer Eye” in 2018. Surrounded by an all-new cast, Franceis the witty wardrobe wiz leading the charge in the fashion department, ready to make America fabulous again one makeover at a time. But the series is about so much more than just new clothes to the British-born fashion advisor; it’s about real-life issues, representation, and acceptance on all sides.
Tan can also be seen starring as the co-host of Netflix’s global design competition series, “Next in Fashion” alongside Alexa Chung. In 2019, Tanreleased his NY Times best-selling memoir “NaturallyTan” as well as the Emmy-nominated and Webby Award winning YouTube series “Dressing Funny,” which features him making over his celebrity friends including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Miranda Sings, Pete Davidson, and John Mulaney.