"Mary Katrantzou is incredibly deserving of this year’s award. It was an extremely diverse shortlist but ultimately we all agreed that Mary has not only created a strong and hugely appealing identity for her work but that she has but in place measures that, along with the support of this prize, should ensure an exciting and successful next stage of her career." - Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
The Fund was established in 2008 and provides one designer with a bespoke, high level mentoring support programme over a twelve month period, as well as a £200,000 grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in their business.
The Fund, now in its sixth year is a legacy project from the BFC’s 25th anniversary celebrations.