LONDON – British dressmaker Priya Ahluwalia has been named the winner of this yr’s BFC/GQ designer males’s put on fund.
She will obtain a one-year enterprise mentorship, pro-bono authorized providers, and a money prize of 150,000 kilos, supported by Clearpay.
An intimate cocktail shall be held Monday night on the Serpentine Gallery to have a good time the prize.
Ahluwalia was chosen from finalists that additionally included Bethany Williams, Bianca Saunders, Feng Chen Wang, Nicholas Daley, and Stefan Cooke. They have all obtained mentorships to speed up their enterprise.
Dylan Jones, British Fashion Council chair of males’s put on, mentioned Ahluwalia stood out for her “perceptive design and business acumen, drawing on the contemporary sensibilities of the modern consumer, propelling her to the top of the talent pool.”
He added that it was “a unanimous decision” from the judging committee, which included Dunhill chief govt officer Andrew Maag, Gianni Versace ceo Jonathan Akeroyd, dressmaker Kim Jones, and footballer Hector Bellerin.
Caroline Rush, ceo of the BFC, mentioned “Priya proved to be the strongest candidate showing incredible creativity along with a business strategy that embodies the future of British fashion, with environmental and socially positive practices at the core of the brand. The committee is confident she will use the fund to her best advantage to propel and cement Ahluwalia on the global stage.”
Previous winners of the BFC/GQ designer males’s put on fund embrace A-Cold-Wall’s Samuel Ross, Craig Green, E. Tautz, and Christopher Shannon.
Ahluwalia obtained the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design earlier this yr from the Countess of Wessex. A collaboration between her and Mulberry shall be launched later this yr.
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