The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the launch of The BFC Changemakers Prize in Partnership with Swarovski.
This new project aims to discover and celebrate individuals within the fashion industry - "the unsung stars who go above and beyond, making outstanding contributions and striving for positive change", according to the launch announcement.
The 2021 BFC Changemakers Prize in Partnership with Swarovski is open to anyone working in the fashion industry — initially in the UK — and focuses on celebrating individuals, and championing inclusivity and innovative thinking.
Entrants will be nominated by colleagues, peers, businesses and employers in recognition of outstanding work that aligns with one of the three pillars of the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF):Environment, People or Craftsmanship and Community. Nominations are open.
Launched in 2020, the IPF helps the British fashion industry to be more resilient and circular through global collaboration and local action. As a brand and partner for the BFC Changemakers Prize, Swarovski is committed to championing individuals in the creative industries who create impact and recognises the importance of celebrating the fashion industry’s hidden heroes; those with the unique ability to ignite dreams, create positive change and inspire others on their journey.
A panel of judges, made up of a number of inspiring, high-profile individuals from the fashion and creative industries, will select nine finalists and then three winners; one representing each of the IPF pillars. The Judging Committee is led by BFC Chief Executive Caroline Rush and Swarovski Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert and includes Edward Enninful, Editor-In-Chief, British Vogue & European Editorial Director, Vogue; Farrah Storr,Editor-In-Chief, ELLE UK; Ib Kamara, Editor-In-Chief, Dazed; Jo Ellison, Editor, How to Spend It & Deputy Editor, FT Weekend; Lily Cole, Model & Activist; Munroe Bergdorf, Model & Activist; and Tan France, Fashion Television Personality.
Find out more about the Institute of Positive Fashion.
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