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A New Format & Venue for the Fashion Awards

May 3, 2016

Fashion | by Sophie Exton


The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced a changed of format and venue for the prestigious Fashion Awards 2016.

Previously known as the British Fashion Awards, the 2016 celebration is in partnership with Swarovski and will take place on the 5th December at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London.

The new format of the Fashion Awards aims to raise significant funds over the next ten years, to provide education scholarships helping the best talent attend leading fashion colleges.

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Nadja Swarovski, Dame Natalie Massenet & Caroline Rush CBE

The awards, which showcase the best of British and international talent, will become an annual fundraising gala for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity.

BFC Chairman, Dame Natalie Massenet, explained: “Our aim is to make the Fashion Awards 2016 bigger and better than ever and will celebrate the global fashion industry at the beautiful and iconic London venue, the Royal Albert Hall. Nadja and her team at Swarovski have made these awards possible and we are thrilled to be working in partnership with them once again.

As a global industry we should make a commitment to support talented people from all backgrounds to fulfil their dreams and access the best universities in the world. Over the next ten years our ambition is to raise and invest £10million to support young people in this goal. London is seen as the capital for the most creative new talent in the world that provides talent and energy for the global fashion industry.”

Each year, the British Fashion Council’s international judging panel vote on the awards. The panel is made up of over 800 influential industry figures from different areas of the fashion community.

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David & Victoria Beckham at last year’s awards. Victoria was nominated in the Womenswear Designer category

This celebration has been an important part of the British fashion calendar since 1989. Last year’s ceremony saw over 450 VIPs and industry heavyweights in attendance, alongside a sold out auditorium of over 2,000 guests, with attendees including Anna Wintour OBE, David Beckham OBE, Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Nick Knight OBE, Olivier Rousteing, Samantha Cameron and Victoria Beckham.

BFC Chief Executive, Caroline Rush CBE, added: “We have been developing a large scale Awards format that this year will become a celebration of British and international excellence as well as a significant fundraiser to give opportunities to talented young people.

Our ambition for the evening is that the best of the fashion world will come together in London to recognise talent in design, creativity, business as well as those whose outstanding contribution to the industry have significant changed it for the better.”

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Tuesday 3rd May 2016. For more information visit: www.fashionawards.com