British Fashion Council
London Fashion Week is organised by British Fashion Council
|Formation||6 January 1983|
|Purpose||Promote British fashion in the UK and internationally|
|Website||British Fashion Council|
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. Organising the twice-yearly London Fashion Week is one of the primary activities.
Leadership and activities
Based in London, it is currently chaired by Natalie Massenet and its chief executive is Caroline Rush. Previous chairs of the BFC have included Edward Rayne, Harold Tillman and Sir Stuart Rose.
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. The organisation also organises the annual British Fashion Awards, designed to celebrate leading designers and newcomers to the industry.
Development of the organisation
The British Fashion Council (BFC) was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit limited company. 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:
- Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers (founded 1941/2)
- London Model House Group (1950)
- Fashion House Group of London (1958)
- Clothing Export Council (1965)
- London Designer Collections (1965)
- Fashion Industry Action Group (1981)
- Arab Fashion Council
- Council of Fashion Designers of America
- Fédération française de la couture
- Asian Couture Federation
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