Sophia Webster, graduate of the Royal College of Art and London-based accessories designer won the 2016 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize on Tuesday night. The Fund which was established in 2008, offers one designer with a support plan of up to 12 months of high level mentoring, as well as providing a £200,000 grant. Sophia Webster was also shortlisted for the 2016 prize and was invited to The Shard to present her collection and five year business plan to the Fund judging committee.
Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue and the Chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, exposed that Sophia was chosen to be given the fund to, as her brand “encapsulates originality and creativity”. Also stating: “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.”
Sophia Webster, center, receiving the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize. From left, Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of The Fashion Council and Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue on right. Darren Gerrish Images.
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, and British Fashion Council, also stated: “Congratulations to Sophia Webster who has deservingly received this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. The judging committee was impressed by her brilliant talent and thorough business acumen; seeing great potential for developing her label into an internationally acclaimed British brand. Sophia has an amazing ability to turn accessories into masterpieces and we are thrilled to support her at an exciting time of growth.”