Sophia Webster is the winner of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, announced at a cocktail reception hosted at Bulgari Hotel, London and partnered with Perrier-Jouët. 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.
Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor of British Vogue and Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, commented: “Sophia Webster is a great winner for this year’s award. The brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for while Sophia and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism.”
Emilia Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman, Prism and Sophia Webster were shortlisted for the 2016 prize and were invited to The Shard to present their collections and five year business plans to the Fund judging committee. The Fund judging committee is made up of representatives from businesses who support the Fund and industry experts.