Monday 15th October 2018
THE FASHION AWARDS 2018 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SWAROVSKI
CELEBRATE NEW WAVE: CREATIVES
The 2000 members of the international fashion community that make up the Fashion Awards Voting Panel, were asked to nominate those they believe to be the best young creative talent of today. Shining a light on this year’s emerging visionaries, NEW WAVE: Creatives will include trailblazers from image-makers, hair and makeup artists, set designers, creative directors, models, digital influencers and stylists. The final list will encompass 100 names and will include some of fashion’s most exciting and forward-thinking young professionals. The criteria was simply to vote for the most creative new wave of talent across creative disciplines in fashion.
NEW WAVE: Creatives will be celebrated at The Fashion Awards 2018 in partnership with Swarovski on Monday 10th December at the Royal Albert Hall but also during a series of satellite events leading up to the ceremony, in London, Shanghai and New York.
The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski recognises creativity and innovation in fashion, celebrating exceptional brands, businesses and individuals whose imaginations and creativity have broken new ground globally. In the past 12 months, these innovators have transformed the possibilities of fashion today. NEW WAVE: Creatives highlights London’s position as an international hub and pays homage to the incredible success of both home-grown and international talent, while celebrating all those who play a vital role in the industry’s cultural and creative reputation.
Today, at an event at The Middle House Shanghai, Caroline Rush, Chief Executive British Fashion Council unveiled the first twenty names of the group and celebrated their achievements with key media, retailers, partners and industry professionals. More young creatives from the shortlist will be unveiled in London and New York over the coming weeks.
The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski is a fundraiser for the British Fashion Council, a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting excellence in British fashion and supporting the future pipeline of creative talent. The BFC’s work is achieved through a range of charitable initiatives and education, business and mentoring schemes that support a pyramid of creatives from school level students, to emerging designers and future fashion start-ups, through to established designer businesses.
In 2017, The British Fashion Council raised over £2.2million for its charities and business support initiatives and in the twelve months to March 2018 has allocated £1.1million to further support these efforts. As part of its Education pillar, the BFC’s education initiatives are designed to secure the legacy of support for talented students at every stage, safeguarding the opportunity to further education regardless of financial situation.
Nominees and winners for The Fashion Awards 2018 in partnership with Swarovski are voted for by an international judging panel of over 2,000 key industry figures from all corners of the global fashion industry. A number of special recognition awards are also presented on the night and announced in advance, in recognition of the weight of the achievements they represent. Nominees for The Fashion Awards 2018 in partnership with Swarovski will be announced on Tuesday 23rd October.
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The British Fashion Council (BFC) was set up in 1983 to promote British fashion internationally and co-ordinate this promotion through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events. The BFC now supports designers beginning at college level and extending to talent identification, business support and showcasing schemes to help British designer businesses develop their profiles and business globally and promote British fashion and its influential role in Britain and London. The BFC Colleges Council offers support to students through its Foundation, BA and MA scholarships, links with industry through design competitions and Graduate Preview Day. Talent identification and business support schemes include BFC Fashion Film; BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund; BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and NEWGEN which includes womenswear, menswear and accessories. The BFC supports Boden’s Future British initiative. The BFC also runs and owns charities including the BFC Fashion Arts Foundation, the BFC Fashion Trust and the BFC Education Foundation. Showcasing initiatives and events include London Fashion Week, London Fashion Week Men’s, LONDON show ROOMS, International Fashion Showcase, London Fashion Week Festival and the annual celebration of creativity and innovation in the fashion industry: The Fashion Awards.
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2016. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2016, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 461,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.