Wales Bonner Wins BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Prize of 200,000 Pounds, Plus Mentoring

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LONDON – Wales Bonner has won the 2019 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an annual prize that comes with 200,000 pounds in cash and a year’s worth of mentoring and support from members of the industry.
Wales Bonner, designed by Grace Wales Bonner, was picked from a shortlist that included a broad range of creative businesses, from jewelry to footwear to men’s and women’s wear, with brands including A.W.A.K.E. Mode, Alighieri, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy, David Koma, Neous and Rejina Pyo.
“Wales Bonner is one of the most promising creatives in the world right now,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the British Fashion Council. “The judging panel was impressed by her exceptional talent for storytelling and craftsmanship and we look forward to seeing her grow.”
Wales Bonner graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2014, and the following year she was awarded the Emerging Men’s Wear Designer prize at the British Fashion Awards. In 2016 she received the LVMH Young Designer Prize. She has presented her collections at the Serpentine Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has lectured at Parsons in New York. Her collections are sold at retailers including Dover Street Market, Selfridges, 10 Corso Como, and Joyce. Edward Enninful and Caroline Rush

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