The Fashion Awards


30 October 2023

We are delighted to unveil its 2023 NEW WAVE: Creatives, a list of the 50 most innovative and inspiring young creative talents who play a critical role within the industry globally.  The dynamic list includes trailblazers from across multiple disciplines including digital artists, casting agents, photographers, art directors, hair and makeup artists, image makers, nail artists, set designers and stylists. The final 50 will be celebrated as part of The Fashion Awards (TFA) 2023 presented by Pandora on Monday 4th December at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

TFA, organised by the BFC, is a global entertainment platform, celebrating fashion's role at the intersection of culture and entertainment, spotlighting creative talent and telling the stories of the year in fashion through the lens of purpose, excellence and creativity. The event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the BFC Foundation.

Introducing the 2023 NEW WAVE: Creatives:

Caroline Rush, BFC Chief Executive, commented: “NEW WAVE: Creatives provide the industry with an important opportunity to recognise and celebrate the diverse talent who play a crucial role, often behind the scenes, across the fashion industry. This year’s cohort is an incredible group of emerging artists whose innovative skills represent the future of creativity within fashion. I look forward to celebrating their impact on the industry this December and am excited to watch their careers grow over the coming years.”

The final list is a resource for the global fashion industry which can support and inform the curation of teams for creative projects, accessible on the BFC website here. It highlights London’s position as an international hub of creativity and pays homage to the incredible success of both home-grown and international talent. As the purpose-built portal, the NEW WAVE: Creatives 2023 will benefit from year-round social media support across the BFC’s channels as well.

This year voting began in July with the NEW WAVE: Creatives from 2022 - the previous year’s community directly influencing 2023’s outcome, in support of their industry peers. An influential industry panel defined the final group of recipients for 2023. The panel featured some of the global fashion community’s most respected voices including; Amber Testino, Co-Owner of Art Partner; Bandana Tewari, Writer and Creative Director at Vogue India; Bonnie Langedjik, Founder of HURS; Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como; Feng Chen Wang, Designer and Creative Director; John Rankin, Photographer & Director; Karla Welch, Celebrity Stylist; Samuel Ross, Doctor of Arts and Founder of A-COLD-WALL*; Toni Blaze Ibekwe, Editor-in-Chief of Wonderland; Yinka Ashogbon, Designer at Ash Luxe.

Previous NEW WAVE: Creatives include; Campbell Addy, Photographer & Filmmaker; Celia Burton, Make-Up Artist; Christina Ebenezer, Photographer; Cleo Wade, Poet; Diet Prada, Fashion Watchdog Group; Ekua King, Photographer; Fenn O'Meally, Director; Harry Lambert, Stylist; Ib Kamara, Creative Director & Editor-in-Chief; Jawara Wauchope, Hairstylist; Kacion Mayers, Fashion Director;  Kai Isaiah-Jamal, Poet & Activist; Leah Abbott, Stylist; Leslie Zhang, Photographer; Liv Little, Fashion Writer; Peggy Gou, DJ and Record Producer; Rafael Pavarotti, Photographer; Raphael Bliss, Photographer; Sinead Burke, Fashion Writer; Tati Cotliar, Stylist & Fashion Director; Tom Schneider, Set Designer; Tyler Mitchell, Photographer & Image Maker and Wilson Oryema, Artist & Writer. The alumni are a diverse, global group of change-makers who are challenging the status-quo and bringing fresh creative energy to the industry.

The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora bring together a global community in London, the home of fashion creativity, to amplify leaders of change, celebrate excellence in creativity and support the next generation of creative talent. The event is the primary fundraiser of the BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 1185152), which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on education, grant-giving and business mentoring. In the financial year 2022/2023, the BFC remitted over £1.2m in funds to designers and scholars.

The generosity and commitment of our partners, suppliers and supporters is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora alongside our Official Partners: Don Julio, Getty Images, Moët & Chandon and Royal Salute for their ongoing support. For information on ticket sales, please visit here. For Table and Box enquiries, please email

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