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The prize is a new project aimed to discover and celebrate individuals within the fashion industry the unsung stars with the ability to ignite dreams, who go above and beyond, making outstanding contributions, striving for positive change, and inspiring others on their journey. It was launched earlier this year and it was open to anyone related to the fashion world. The focus is to celebrate individuals and champion inclusivity and innovative thinking.
Swarovski, a long-term partner of the BFC, is committed to reward those who are part of the creative industries and create a positive impact as fashion’s hidden heroes. The nominees were selected by colleagues, peers, employers, and businesses for their outstanding work within one of the three pillars of the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF): Environment, People or Craftmanship and Community. According to the Council’s press release, the prize received over 500 applications. The nine finalists were chosen by a panel of judges made up of: BFC Chies Exevutive Caroline Rush, Swarovski Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert and included 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.
The nominees represent the talent of the industry across multiple disciplines. Three winners, representing each of the IPF pillars will be revealed on Thursday 2nd September and will be awarded with £7500 cash prize along with a mentoring package, from BFC and Swarovski, to keep up their good work.