BFC names three 'Changemakers' prize winners
John Hickling, Cyndia Harvey and Andrew Kenny. These are the three winners of the British Fashion Council (BFC) ‘Changemakers Prize in Partnership with Swarovski’, chosen out of over 500 entrants.
Hickling, founder of the vintage and remade clothing provider The Glass Onion People, wins the Environment section of the award, international hairstylist Harvey wins the People section, and Kenny, owner of thread-maker The London Embroidery Studio, wins in the Community & Craftsmanship section. Each will each receive a cash prize of £7,500.
Also included is a bespoke mentoring package headed by industry leaders, offering support from the BFC and Swarovski “to continue their excellent work”.
Launched earlier this year, the initiative aims to discover and celebrate “the fashion industry’s unsung stars who go above and beyond to strive for positive change, make outstanding contributions and inspire others on their journey”.
The Prize was open to anyone working in the fashion industry, “celebrating and promoting inclusivity, individual achievement and innovative thought”. Entrants were nominated by colleagues, peers, employers, and businesses, recognising their outstanding work within one of the three pillars of the BFC’s Institute of Positive Fashion.
Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, said: ‘What is really exciting about the BFC Changemakers Prize… is the ability to provide these leaders of the future with the support and recognition to continue to ignite their dreams.
“Our hope is to facilitate them with their incredible work, allowing them to continue to actualise their aspirations for the industry”.
The winners will be presented with their respective awards at an exclusive reception on 21 September during London Fashion Week.
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