Foundation Patron Events

BFC Foundation Patron Trip with Chanel

17 May 2022

May 2022, in honour and celebration of art, culture, fashion and history, our BFC Foundation Advisory Committee Member, Yana Peel, hosted an event in Paris with Chanel.

Yana, Global head of Arts and Culture at Chanel, took our Patrons on a tour of the Chanel Patrimoine (a rich, extensive archive of many of Coco Chanel’s and Karl Lagerfeld’s collections) as well as Coco Chanel’s Apartment, located in the heart of Paris. It was a fascinating day, blending creativity, craftmanship and design with social, environmental and political reference points throughout the 20th Century. We would like to thank Chanel enormously for this opportunity and for their continued support to the BFC Foundation Scholarship Programme. 

The Chanel MA Scholarship is open to students accepted on an MA Fashion Design course in the UK. The scholarship helps towards course tuition fees with a contribution to course costs or living expenses. 

The BFC works to underpin the next generation of creative talent through its education initiatives. Supporting students is imperative to maintaining the UK’s position as the birthplace of global talent. 

The BFC Foundation provides financial support to a number of students to complete their studies. Scholarships are offered to those undertaking their MA or BA courses at a BFC Colleges Council member college. All applications are assessed based on talent and financial need, using information given in the application, the portfolio, the applicant’s financial circumstances and references received. Shortlisted applications are reviewed by a panel of industry representatives. 

In 2021/22 BFC Scholarships were awarded to 26 students from BFC Colleges Council member universities including Buckinghamshire New University, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Westminster. 

BFC Scholarship alumni include Benny Andallo, Erdem, Graeme Raeburn, James Buck of Rottingdean Bazaar, Matty Bovan, Nabil Nayal, Rebecca Jeffs (RTW designer at Loewe), Paolo Carzana, Paolina Russo and Patrick McDowell. Watch the ‘BFC Scholars: Meet the Innovators’ film to hear from last year’s scholars and explore their work.

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