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  • Kim Dillinger

BFC Foundation creates more pool for diversity

The BFC Foundation is a foundation that supports initiatives and allocates several scholarships each year to students, aiming to strengthen those leading the way in terms of creativity, positive business growth, environmental and community impact. Their purpose is to increase the diversity of the talent pool.

This year the BFC/ Vogue designer fund will go to designers 16Arlington, A.W.A.K.E. MODE, Ahluwalia and Alighieri. The fund16Arlington was created by Marco Capaldo and the late Federica ‘Kikka’ Cavenati founded 16Arlington in London in 2017, debuting at London Fashion Week in 2020. Celebrities such as Adwoa Aboah, Jorja Smith, Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga are some of the notables who have been fitted with their designs.

A.W.A.K.E. MODE which was founded in London in 2012 creating avant-garde and versatile wardrobe. The brand is recognized for its innovative cuts, unexpected details, which separates them from the masses. Ahluwalia was launched in 2018 Priya Ahluwalia whose native Indian-Nigerian heritage is showcased in the brands designs. The New York Times and i-D to Vogue calls Ahluwalia a pioneer in the fashion industry.

Alighieri was created by rosh mahtani where she was raised in Zambia Africa. The home town of her parents. Rosh starting carving out on of a kind pieces in 2014 for canto of dantes divine comedy. Alighieri creates one of a kind heirlooms rooted in literature and art.

The BFC panel this year is chaired by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council and Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue and European Editorial Director, Vogue. Fashion industry experts : Alexa Chung, Designer, model, author; Lauren Indvik, Fashion Editor, Financial Times; Munroe Bergdorf, Model, Presenter, Activist; Rod Manley, Chief Marketing Officer, Burberry; Sarah Harris, Deputy Editor and Fashion Features Director, British Vogue; Sarah Mower MBE and BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent.

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