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British Fashion Awards 2008 Shortlist Announced
Oct '08
The British Fashion Council (BFC) announces the shortlist of nominees for the 2008 British Fashion Awards supported by Swarovski. The Awards recognise the very best of British fashion talent who collectively play a key role in establishing the UK as a creative and commercial force in a highly competitive global market. The winners will be announced at the British Fashion Awards, on Tuesday 25th November.

The ten categories include Designer of the Year, the ultimate accolade, which recognises a leading British designer of couture, ready-to-wear, knitwear or accessories who has directed the shape of fashion in the past year both in the UK and internationally.

The event will also celebrate one designer who throughout their career has made an impact on the industry internationally with the BFC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design.

Nominations for awards are made by key players within the industry. The winners are selected by relevant panels of leading media and buyers.

The UK is internationally recognised for emerging design talent. This year as part of Swarovski's support for British talent and the British Fashion Awards they are sponsoring two awards: The Emerging Talent Award for Ready to Wear and The Emerging Talent Award for Accessories. These awards will recognise and financially reward the UK's most exciting new designers.

A panel of media, buyers and BFC talent scouts were asked to nominate in this category. The judging panel will include Nadja Swarovski, vice president of international communications for Swarovski, Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper's Bazaar, supermodel Claudia Schiffer, i-D contributor Lauren Cochrane and Yasmin Sewell, buyer Liberty.

The British Fashion Awards 2008 shortlisted nominees are:
MODEL - A British model who has contributed most to the international fashion scene in the past year.
Nominees - Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson

DESIGNER BRAND – A leading British designer brand that has excelled on the international stage over the past year.
Nominees – Jimmy Choo, Agent Provocateur, Paul Smith

ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR - A British stylist, make-up artist, photographer, art director or producer whose creativity has been a major inspiration and influence in the past year.
Nominees – Pat McGrath, Terry Jones, Tim Walker

RED CARPET DESIGNER - A leading British designer of couture or ready-to-wear cocktail or eveningwear that has gained exposure at 'red carpet' events worldwide in the past year.
Nominees – Matthew Williamson, Giles Deacon, Stella McCartney

MENSWEAR DESIGNER - A leading British designer of ready-to-wear and bespoke tailoring who has been instrumental in enhancing men's fashion in the past year.
Nominees - Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Paul Smith, Richard James

ACCESSORY DESIGNER - The leading British designer of shoes, jewellery, millinery or accessories within the past year.

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