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British Fashion Council

British Fashion Council
Formation 6 January 1983 (1983-01-06)
Purpose Promote British fashion in the UK and internationally
  • Somerset House, South Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
    London, England
Leader Natalie Massenet
Website British Fashion Council
Manish Arora designs at London Fashion Week 2007
Organising the twice-yearly London Fashion Week is one of the main activities of the British Fashion Council
Gareth Pugh fashion at London Fashion Week 2006

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a non-profit trade group for British fashion designers founded in 1983. Its main goal is to promote British fashion design in both the UK and internationally.

Leadership and activities

Based in London, it is currently chaired by Natalie Massenet and its chief executive is Caroline Rush.[1][2] Previous chairs of the BFC have included Harold Tillman and Sir Stuart Rose.[3][4]

A key activity of the BFC is to organise the twice yearly British Fashion Awards, designed to celebrate leading designers and newcomers to the industry.[5]

Another facet of the organisation's activities is to support the next generation of designers by supervising fashion higher education and apprenticeships in the United Kingdom.[6]

Development of the organisation

The British Fashion Council (BFC) was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit limited company.[7] Prior to the establishment of a single body to promote the interests of the British fashion industry, there were a number of organisations that existed to promote different interests within British fashion. These included:

See also


  1. ^ Karmali, Sarah (5 September 2012). "Natalie Massenet named BFC Chairman". Vogue. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Caroline Rush". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  3. ^ White, Belinda (5 September 2012). "Natalie Massenet appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Day, Elizabeth (31 May 2009). "Marks and Spencer's Stuart Rose:". The Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Groskop, Viv. "Natalie Massenet: style leader who means business". The Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  6. ^ O'Conor, Lottie (25 June 2014). "10 minutes with...Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Sterlacci Purvin, Francesca; Arbuckle, Joanne (2008). Historical Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press. pp. 26, 75.  
  8. ^ Waddell, Gavin (2004). How Fashion Works: Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Mass Production. Oxford: Blackwell Science. pp. 175–7.  
  9. ^ a b c O'Byrne, Robert; Worsley-Taylor, Annette (2009). Style City: How London Became a Fashion Capital. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd.  
  10. ^ "London Fashion Week". Flur Magazine. Feb 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

External links

  • British Fashion Council Website
  • BFC History
  • London Fashion Week Website
  • Indymedia coverage
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