Mary Katrantzou is This Year's BFC x Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

London-based Mary Katrantzou has been awarded this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize, beating competitors Osman, Holly Fulton, Michael van der Ham, Mother of Pearl, Sophia Webster and Emilia Wickstead. The fund, which was established in 2008 by the British Fashion Council and Vogue magazine, provides the winning designer with high-level mentoring for a year, and a grant of 200,000 pounds, or $298,500, to pay for the infrastructure that allows them to take the next step in business. Previous winners include Peter Pilotto, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane and Erdem. 

“It was an extremely diverse shortlist, but ultimately we all agreed that Mary has not only created a strong and hugely appealing identity for her work, but has put in place measures that, along with the support of this prize, should ensure an exciting and successful next stage of her career,” said Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue and chair of the Fund.