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The British Fashion Council moves to Somerset House

Aug '09
The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced it will move its headquarters to British landmark Somerset House from 17th August 2009. The BFC, which this year celebrates its 25 year anniversary, has taken the decision to make Somerset House the central home for many British Fashion Council activities including its day to day operations and London Fashion Week which will take place there from September 2009.

The BFC promotes leading British fashion designers to an intensely competitive global market through events such as London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Awards, and designer support schemes including NEWGEN and Fashion Forward, as well as actively working with industry and fashion colleges through its Colleges Council.

This year, to mark its 25th Anniversary, the British Fashion Council has established a new management team with, for the first time, full time chief executives to focus the organisation's remit and to develop designer support schemes, showcasing opportunities and to work more closely with the industry to increase opportunities for designer graduates and designer businesses. This move will create a central home for designer fashion, fulfilling one of the new management's immediate objectives.

Caroline Rush, joint CEO, British Fashion Council commented “Somerset House is an inspiring backdrop that will encourage creativity within our organisation and provide a home for British designer fashion that we can be proud of.”

Gwyn Miles, Director, Somerset House Trust, said “We are delighted to welcome the British Fashion Council to their new home at Somerset House. They make a great addition to the creative environment that we are building here and we look forward to supporting London Fashion Week and the 25 year celebrations in September.”

For more than two decades, the BFC has been based at 5 Portland Place, the home of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT). The BFC will retain links with the organisation; it has recently become a member and has two seats on the UKFT board to support the designer fashion sector within wider discussions regarding the industry.

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