The BFC Fashion Trust is a British Fashion Council charitable initiative that offers business support to UK based designers through financial grants, mentoring and funding to provide traineeships to graduates.
Since its inception in 2011 the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded over £2.5million to 50 designers.
The 42 designers who have been supported to date include: Christopher Kane, David Koma, Edeline Lee, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman, palmer//harding, Phoebe English, Prism, Rejina Pyo, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda, Sibling, Sophia Webster, Teatum Jones, Teija and Zoe Jordan.
The 2019 BFC Fashion Trust Grant & Mentoring recipients include: Aries, Eudon Choi, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Nabil Nayal, Paula Knorr and Roberts-Wood. Designers who received mentoring support include: Hillier Bartley, Huishan Zhang, Mother of Pearl, PAPER London and Sharon Wauchob.
In addition to this 16 graduates from Central St Martins, the Royal College of Art, Edinburgh University, Kingston University and Westminster University have been placed with the design studios of: Alex Mullins, Charles Jeffrey, Christopher Raeburn, Emilia Wickstead, E.Tautz, Erdem, House of Holland, JW Anderson, Liam Hodges, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda, Simone Rocha and Toogood.
Tania Fares and Sian Westerman are Co-chairs of the BFC Fashion Trust who, along with the British Fashion Council and the BFC Fashion Trust Advisory Committee, are responsible for the annual allocation of grants.
In October 2017, HSBC one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations, was announced as the BFC Fashion Trust's Official Partner. Revlon Professional became the Official Campaign Partner in May 2018 and is responsible for the production of the BFC Fashion Trust campaigns.
The BFC Fashion Trust’s core activity is to promote the art of fashion design for the benefit of the public and it became a Trust within the BFCVDFF Charity, registered in England and Wales, in September 2012.
Registered charity name and number: BFCVDFF, 1139079.