British Fashion Council

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British Fashion Council
Formation 6 January 1983; 32 years ago (1983-01-06)
Purpose Promote British fashion in the UK and internationally
  • Somerset House, South Wing, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
    London, England
Leader Natalie Massenet
Website British Fashion Council
Manish Arora designs at London Fashion Week 2007
Organising the twice-yearly London Fashion Week is one of the main activities of the British Fashion Council
Gareth Pugh fashion at London Fashion Week 2006

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a non-profit trade group for British fashion designers founded in 1983. Its main goal is to promote British fashion design in both the UK and internationally.

Leadership and activities[edit]

Based in London, it is currently chaired by Natalie Massenet and its chief executive is Caroline Rush.[1][2] Previous chairs of the BFC have included Edward Rayne, Harold Tillman and Sir Stuart Rose.[3][4][5]

A key activity of the BFC is to organise the twice yearly London Fashion Week, the main showcase for high fashion brands operating in the UK.[2] The organisation also organises the annual British Fashion Awards, designed to celebrate leading designers and newcomers to the industry.[6]

Another facet of the organisation's activities is to support the next generation of designers by supervising fashion higher education and apprenticeships in the United Kingdom.[7]

Development of the organisation[edit]

The British Fashion Council (BFC) was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit limited company.[8] Prior to the establishment of a single body to promote the interests of the British fashion industry, there were a number of organisations that existed to promote different interests within British fashion. These included:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Karmali, Sarah (5 September 2012). "Natalie Massenet named BFC Chairman". Vogue. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Caroline Rush". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  3. ^ White, Belinda (5 September 2012). "Natalie Massenet appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Day, Elizabeth (31 May 2009). "Marks and Spencer's Stuart Rose:". The Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Driver, Christopher (8 February 1992). "Obituary: If the shoe fits, sell it". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Groskop, Viv. "Natalie Massenet: style leader who means business". The Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  7. ^ O'Conor, Lottie (25 June 2014). "10 minutes with...Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Sterlacci Purvin, Francesca; Arbuckle, Joanne (2008). Historical Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press. pp. 26, 75. ISBN 9780810854543. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Waddell, Gavin (2004). How Fashion Works: Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Mass Production. Oxford: Blackwell Science. pp. 175–7. ISBN 9780632057528. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c O'Byrne, Robert; Worsley-Taylor, Annette (2009). Style City: How London Became a Fashion Capital. London: Frances Lincoln Ltd. ISBN 9780711228955. 
  11. ^ "London Fashion Week". Flur Magazine. Feb 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

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