The votes are in, the nominees announced: the British Fashion Council’s newly-launched Changemakers Prize is here – and it’s a glittering affair, you’d better believe.
To honour the unsung heroes of the fashion industry – those working behind-the-scenes to give us references, sustainability and events worth getting out of bed for – the BFC teamed up with Swarovski to commemorate outstanding contributions, by championing those going the full mile to strive for change.
Earlier this year, the BFC did a call-out looking for applicants for the Prize. They received a staggering 500+ applications from workmates, friends, employers and businesses, with a judging panel including BFC Chief Executive Caroline Rush, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, and model and activists Lily Cole and Munroe Bergdorf. Together, they whittled down the applications to nine nominees across multiple disciplines: designers, hairstylists, image-makers, eco-warriors and more.
The nominees were then divided into three categories: people, environment and community & craftsmanship. These include hair stylist Cyndia Harvey, who, for a number of years, has fought for the underrepresented by promoting an extraordinary vision of inclusive beauty in editorials, campaigns and films. Designer Patrick McDowell, an innovative emerging designer, head of his eponymous label and Global Ambassador for the Graduate Fashion Foundation, has explored sustainable methods in British fashion. Meanwhile, Cozette McCreery was selected for her years of connecting creatives across the industry, while working as a brand ambassador at Iceberg. She’s been an integral member of the Emergency Designer Network, working with designers and technicians to make PPE for the NHS during the pandemic.
Three winners will be announced on 2nd September – a few weeks before London Fashion Week kicks off – and each one will receive a £7,500 cash prize, as well as a mentoring package offering support from BFC and Swarovski.
See the full list of nominees below: