The Fashion Awards

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The Fashion Awards is a ceremony held annually in the United Kingdom since 1989[1] to showcase both British and international individuals and businesses who have made the most outstanding contributions to the fashion industry during the year. The ceremony is organized by the British Fashion Council, and is the primary fundraiser for the BFC’s Education Foundation; a charity which promotes excellence in design by financially supporting students with the ability and potential to make an exceptional contribution to the fashion industry.

In 2016, the British Fashion Awards was rebranded as The Fashion Awards.[2]

The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovksi was held at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 4th December.

History & Notable Events[edit]

Originally named the British Fashion Awards, the first Fashion Awards ceremony took place on October 17, 1989 and was attended by Princess Diana, who wore a Catherine Walker gown especially for the occasion.

Lee Alexander McQueen Receives Posthumous Award[edit]

In 2010 four time winner of British Designer of the Year award, Lee Alexander McQueen received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design in recognition for his extraordinary career.

Stylist Isabella Blow Remembered[edit]

In 2007 the Fashion Creator Award is renamed Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator in honour of Isabella Blow, who died on May 7, 2007. Blow was renowned for her unerring support of British designers and for her contribution to the international fashion industry as a whole.

2017 Award Categories[3][edit]

Designer of the Year[edit]

Recognises an international designer whose innovative collections have made a notable impact on the industry, defining the shape of global fashion.

Accessories Designer of the Year[edit]

Celebrates a designer that has proven instrumental in elevating accessories to the forefront of the fashion industry, demonstrating a skill for both creativity and commerce, and establishing their brand as a global fashion leader.

Business Leader[edit]

This award recognises the work of a CEO or President of a fashion business who has overseen both creative and commercial success in the past year. With a natural aptitude to nurture both creative talent and commercial growth, the ‘Business Leader’ enables creative freedom alongside financial stability, which in turn generates innovation and excitement within the industry and beyond.

Urban Luxe Award[edit]

Celebrating the innovation and influence of a contemporary apparel brand, the recipient of this award has redefined the way ‘sportswear’ is perceived across the globe, elevating ‘casual’ to high end and directional fashion.

British Emerging Talent - Womenswear[edit]

Recognising new British womenswear talent, this award celebrates a British-based womenswear or accessories designer who over the last 12 months has had a major creative impact on global fashion.

British Emerging Talent - Menswear[edit]

Celebrating emerging talent in British menswear, this award recognises the innovation and creative influence from a British-based menswear or accessories designer, whose collections have gained international attention this year.

British Designer of the Year - Womenswear[edit]

Celebrating a British womenswear designer that has been instrumental in innovating and leading women’s fashion over the last year – excelling both creatively and commercially, creating an impressive footprint on the global fashion stage.

British Designer of the Year - Menswear[edit]

Recognises a leading British menswear designer who has consistently made a global impact with their innovative and creative designs, shaping the burgeoning international menswear landscape.

Model of the Year[edit]

Recognises the global impact of a model, male or female, who over the last 12 months has dominated the industry. With an influence that transcends the catwalk, the Model of The Year has made an outstanding contribution to the industry, garnering numerous editorial and advertising campaigns throughout the year.

Outstanding Achievement[edit]

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the overwhelming creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who throughout their illustrious career has constantly shaped and reshaped the fashion world through their innovation and creativity. Their influence has reached far beyond the industry, influencing the way the general public perceive and consume fashion. This timeless visionary remains an inspiration to both peers and protégés alike.

Swarovski Award for Positive Change[edit]

The Swarovski Award for Positive Change recognises and celebrates brands or individuals who promote the welfare of others and generously use their resources to benefit good causes.

Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator[edit]

Recognising the very best innovators and creatives in fashion, this award celebrates invaluable contributions that have changed the entire fashion landscape. With a discerning eye and incessant drive, this creative has brought designers’ creations to life and helped create worlds within brands.. Their dedication to the craft has garnered legions of fans and the incredible body of work has already left an indelible mark on the entire industry and garnered legions of fans.

Past Award Winners[edit]

Hussein Chalayan Awarded twice (in 1999 and 2000).

This is a selected list of winners. Winners in other categories and past years can be found on The Fashion Awards website,

Year Designer of the Year Model of the Year Accessory Designer of the Year
2017 Raf Simons for Calvin Klein Adwoa Aboah JW Anderson for Loewe
2016 Craig Green (Menswear Designer)

Simone Rocha (Womenswear Designer)

Gigi Hadid Alessandro Michele for Gucci
2015 JW Anderson (Menswear & Womenswear Designer) Jourdan Dunn Charlotte Olympia
2014 JW Anderson (Menswear Designer)

Erdem (Womenswear Designer)

Cara Delevingne Anya Hindmarch
2013 Christopher Bailey (Menswear Designer)

Christopher Kane (Womenswear Designer)

Edie Campbell Nicholas Kirkwood
2012 Stella McCartney Cara Delevingne Nicholas Kirkwood
2011 Sarah Burton Stella Tennant Charlotte Olympia
2010 Phoebe Philo Lara Stone Nicholas Kirkwood
2009 - Georgia May Jagger Katie Hillier
2008 Luella Bartley Jourdan Dunn Rupert Sanderson
2007 Stella McCartney Agyness Deyn Tom Binns
2006 Giles Deacon Kate Moss Stuart Vevers for Mulberry
2005 Christopher Bailey Karen Elson Stephen Jones
2004 Phoebe Philo Lily Cole Mulberry
2003 Alexander McQueen Erin O'Connor Manolo Blahnik CBE
2002 - - -
2001 Alexander McQueen Kate Moss Anya Hindmarch
2000 Hussein Chalayan - Jimmy Choo
1999 Hussein Chalayan - Manolo Blahnik CBE
1998 - - -
1997 Alexander McQueen & John Galliano - Philip Treacy
1996 Alexander McQueen - Philip Treacy
1995 John Galliano - Patrick Cox
1994 John Galliano - Patrick Cox
1993 John Rocha - Philip Treacy
1992 Rifat Ozbek - Philip Treacy
1991 Vivienne Westwood - Philip Treacy
1990 Vivienne Westwood - Manolo Blahnik CBE
1989 Workers for Freedom - Dinny Hall

Host, Location, and Sponsors By Year[4][edit]

Year Host Sponsor(s) Location
2017 Karlie Kloss American Express, Place Vendôme, Digital Domain, Getty Images, Mercedes, Yahoo The Royal Albert Hall
2016 Jack Whitehall American Express, MAC cosmetics and Toni & Guy The Royal Albert Hall
2015 Jack Whitehall MAC cosmetics and Toni & Guy London Coliseum
2014 Jack Whitehall Canon, MAC cosmetics, Toni & Guy and Vodafone London Coliseum
2013[5] Jack Whitehall Canon, MAC cosmetics, Toni & Guy, Vodafone and Westfield London Coliseum
2012[6] Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw American Express, Canon, MAC cosmetics, Toni & Guy and, Vodafone Savoy Hotel and Theatre
2011[7] George Lamb and Lauren Laverne MAC cosmetics, Toni & Guy, and Vodafone n/a
2010[8] Claudia Winkleman Canon, MAC cosmetics, Toni & Guy, Vodafone, and Westfield The Savoy Hotel and Theatre
2009[9] Lauren Laverne Swarovski, Evian, FASHIONAIR, HELLO! MAC, Marks & Spencer, Renault, The May Fair and Toni & Guy Royal Courts of Justice
2008 Mariella Frostrup (broadcaster) Swarovski Royal Horticultural Halls – Lawrence Hall
2007 Zoë Ball Swarovski Royal Horticultural Halls – Lawrence Hall
2006 Daisy Donovan Swarovski Victoria & Albert Museum
2005 - Lloyds Victoria & Albert Museum
2004 - - Victoria & Albert Museum
2003 - Lycra Old Billingsgate Market
2002 - - -
2001 - Rover Battersea Park Arena
2000 - Rover Natural History Museum
1999 - Sky News -
1998 - - -
1997 - Lloyds The Royal Albert Hotel
1996 - Lloyds The Royal Albert Hall
1995 - Lloyds Natural History Museum
1994 - Lloyds Natural History Museum
1993 - Lloyds Natural History Museum
1992 - Lloyds Grosvenor House
1991 - Lloyds Duke of York's Headquarters
1990 - Lloyds The Royal Albert Hall
1989 - Clairol The Royal Albert Hall


  1. ^ "Awards History". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "How The Fashion Awards Sold Out Britain". Ikon London Magazine. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Winners 2013". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "British Fashion Awards-Facts & Figures" (PDF). Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 Award Winners". Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "2012 Award Winners". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "2011 Award Winners". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "2010 Award Winners". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "2009 Award Winners". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 

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