Each year, the British Fashion Council hosts a glitzy, star-studded red carpet event to celebrate the Fashion Awards, where big industry figures take home titles like Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year, Model of the Year, etc. But for 2020, the BFC took a completely different approach to the event. It was held virtually, of course, showcased in a 30-minute film. And in lieu of its typical award winners, the event honored 20 designers, brands and individuals who led change in the industry over the past year, whether it was through proactive responses to the pandemic, championing diversity and fighting against racism, or showing particularly strong creative resilience in the face of this year's many challenges.
There were still celebrities involved, even if there wasn't a red carpet to walk. Priyanka Chopra, Rosalía, Lewis Hamilton, Maisie Williams and David Beckham were among those who showed up on-screen to honor the recipients.
The honorees, who were narrowed down from over 300 nominees by a committee of over 800 members of the industry, were a diverse group of names spanning the industry and the world, from Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize, to Black in Fashion Council founders Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles, to Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons.
They were divided into four categories: 'Community' focuses on people and institutions that have had an impact on communities whether through providing PPE or creating jobs for local craftspeople. 'People' recognizes those who have led change by encouraging equal, diverse, empowered workforces from head office to supply chain and shop floor. 'Environment' honors those who contributed to a more circular fashion industry. Finally, 'Creativity' honorees made a global impact through their creativity in design, campaigns, collaborations, etc. Read on for each of the honorees and watch the full ceremony above.
Emergency Designer Network
Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles of the Black in Fashion Council
Samuel Ross of A Cold Wall
The Fashion Pact
Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons of Prada
Riccardo Tisci of Burberry
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