First announced in September, this week the debut BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund – supported by Vertu – released its shortlist.
Like its sister fashion incentive – the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund, awarded to Peter Pilotto in January – the new menswear platform offers designers mentoring from industry experts in fields that include branding, leadership, commercial retail, e-tail and wholesale and digital innovation.
Lou Dalton, Richard Nicoll, Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon and E. Tautz are the final five names; with the help of the above they will each pitch a business plan to judges including Caroline Rush and Charlie Porter in June, from which the £150,000 grant winner will be selected.
"We're delighted to extend this level of support to five truly deserving menswear talents,” Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Rush noted.
In remembrance of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed in Bangladesh a year ago, killing over 1,000 and leaving 2,500 injured – plus 800 children orphaned – yesterday the world responded with Fashion Revolution Day.
The first of its kind, blogger and writer Susie Bubble predominantly led the campaign on social media, with the key message ‘who made your clothes’ translated via the hashtag #insideout, literally asking people to turn their clothes inside out and share.
A result of the garment manufacture debate, sparked by the incident last year, Fashion Revolution Day is set to become an annual event, highlighting the ethics of the industry.
As the Fashion Rev. website states: “We believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure”.
Finally, last night the V&A revealed the arrival of ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ to its premises next spring.
First shown at the Met in New York in 2011 – the year after the designer passed away – the exhibition remains the first and largest retrospective of Lee McQueen’s work, detailing everything from his MA collection of 1992 up to his unfinished AW10 collection.
Tickets for the four month show, which opens 14th March, went on sale this morning, and already the booking site has crashed once.
The V&A’s director Martin Roth notes of its London debut: “Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here – by staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.”