12 September 2023
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We are delighted to announce that fashion journalist, renowned critic, and passionate advocate for young designers, Sarah Mower MBE, will receive a Special Recognition Award for Championing Young Designer Talent at The Fashion Awards 2023 (TFA), taking place on Monday 4th December at the Royal Albert Hall, London. TFA, organised by the BFC, are the primary fundraiser for the BFC Foundation and celebrate the role of fashion at the intersection of culture and entertainment, spotlighting creative talent and telling the stories of the year in fashion through the lens of purpose, excellence, and creativity. Mower will be awarded for her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry and illustrious career in securing the pipeline of London’s fashion talent.

Sarah Mower MBE is a critic at Vogue, the BFC’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Chair of the BFC NEWGEN committee. Mower has provided prolific support to young British designers, guided by a relentless dedication to ensuring that talent from every background has the chance to participate in the industry. Her support for emerging British designers has led to the rise of Ashish, Bianca Saunders, Christopher Kane, Erdem, JW Anderson, Matty Bovan, Priya Ahluwalia, Richard Quinn, Simone Rocha, SS Daley and countless others. Mower is a campaigner raising much needed scholarships for the students who will contribute to the health of the industry’s future in all its developing areas.

This year, she has guest curated the landmark exhibition, REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion sponsored by Alexander McQueen at the Design Museum which celebrates 30 years of BFC’s NEWGEN and tells the story of hundreds of fearless young designers who started in the UK and have transformed the fashion landscape. Mower is a Visiting Professor at Central Saint Martins, and her work has duly earned her an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Westminster University, an Honorary Fellow Royal College of Art, an Honorary Doctorate by the Academy of Art University of California, and an MBE for services to the fashion industry since 2011.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council commented: “We are delighted to celebrate Sarah Mower’s contributions with The Special Recognition Award for Championing Young Designer Talent. She has been a constant pillar of support to young talent, nurturing diverse perspectives and recognising the sparks in the future generation of creatives. Mower’s significant role in raising the profile of British designers within the global community has left an indelible mark on British fashion and we look forward to celebrating with her in December.’’

The Fashion Awards bring together a global community in London, the home of fashion creativity, to amplify leaders of change, celebrate excellence in creativity and support the next generation of creative talent. The event serves as the main fundraiser for the BFC Foundation, which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry through its focus on education, grant-giving, and business mentoring. For information on ticket sales, please visit here.

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