On Monday 13th June 2022, the BFC Foundation and GQ celebrated Nicholas Daley, this year’s winner of the 2022 BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund, joining previous recipients Priya Ahluwalia, Samuel Ross and Craig Green.
The award was presented by Kim Jones OBE, Artistic Director, Dior Men’s & Fendi Womenswear, at 8 at The Londoner.
Adam Baidawi, Head of Editorial Content, British GQ & Deputy Global Editorial Director, GQ commented, “Nicholas Daley is a phenomenon. He has brought to life a menswear vision that is totally his own,” says Adam. “On top of his wild and dizzying design talent, Nicholas has a gift for curation, pulling together a diverse collection of collaborators and influences to create a truly modern brand. We couldn’t be prouder to be honouring him.”
Full story and interview with Nicholas Daley can be found here on GQ - https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/fashion/article/nicholas-daley-winner-bfc-gq-fund
This year’s shortlist included clothsurgeon, LYPH and Olubiyi Thomas who all had the opportunity to participate in a mentoring programme through the BFC’s Designer Initiatives team, with access to funders, industry experts, and pro-bono legal services from Sheridans. The BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund is generously supported by Clearpay.
Chaired by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council and Adam Baidawi, Head of Editorial Content, British GQ & Deputy Global Editorial Director, GQ, the judging committee was made up of representatives from businesses who support the Fund and industry experts including Damien Paul, Head of Menswear Buying, MatchesFashion.com; Laurent Malecaze, CEO, Dunhill; Laura Yeomans, Market Development Director, Clearpay UK; Leah Abbott, Stylist; Samuel Ross, 2019 Winner of the BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund and Founder, A-COLD-WALL*; Tan France, Fashion Designer, TV Personality and Author; Teo van den Broeke, Style & Grooming Director, British GQ; Yinka Ilori, Multidisciplinary Artist.
Previous winners of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund include Ahluwalia (2021), A-COLD-WALL* (2019), Craig Green (2016), E Tautz (2015) and Christopher Shannon (2014).
The BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund is part of the BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 1185152) which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on three areas: Education, Grant-Giving & Business Mentoring and Institute of Positive Fashion.