BFC names new Rock Vault recipients
The British Fashion Council has announced that COMPLETEDWORKS, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston, Ruifier and The House of Ana de Costa will join existing recipients Beth Gilmour, Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, Shimell & Madden and Yunus & Eliza as the SS16 Rock Vault recipients.
The designers will showcase their S16 collections as part of an installation in the Designer Showrooms during London Fashion Week, 18th – 22nd September 2015. Rock Vault, which was launched in 2012 and is curated by Stephen Webster, helps emerging jewellery designers with mentoring and showcasing opportunities.
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented: “Now in its third year, Rock Vault has established itself as the leading talent identifier for fine jewellers; one that leading international editors and retailers look to for the talent that is reshaping jewellery design. It’s with huge thanks to the panel and Stephen for their support and for selecting such a strong and diverse roster of names that we look forward to welcoming to London Fashion Week in its new Soho home.”
Stephen Webster MBE commented: “According to the maximum three year cycle of Rock Vault, we have had to say so-long to five of the original designers. All those involved in the selection process, the BFC and myself find the graduation an emotional time; over the years we become so ingrained with the designers and their businesses that saying goodbye is difficult. The detachment is made somewhat easier by the massively positive comments and gratitude from the graduates whom have all benefited by being part of the initiative. We are delighted to welcome and announce five new designers, who will join the five existing members.”
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