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Bethany Williams Is This Year's BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Winner

The designer stands apart for her continued commitment to social justice causes.

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Bethany Williams Is This Year's BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Winner

The designer stands apart for her continued commitment to social justice causes.

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has awarded Bethany Williams the 2021 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, a cash prize and mentorship for emerging talent. Williams was selected among a formidable pool of shortlisted designers — including Chopova Lowena, Supriya Lele and Richard Malone — as the winner of the prestigious prize.

Williams has consistently championed social justice causes through her work, donating a sizable portion of profit to charities addressing homelessness and the prison system. Her vibrantly graphic designs are crafted using recycled material, handwoven textiles and second-hand materials — Williams also offers consultancy to brands seeking to become more sustainable and socially involved.

“Bethany is an extraordinary talent who brings a depth to her process that is nothing short of inspirational,” said British Vogue EIC Edward Enninful, who also serves as the chair of the Fashion Fund committee. “On top of her substantial gifts as a designer, she has rethought the way her collections are made, working with women who are homeless or in prison, among others, using her business to bring training and support. She really is a marvel.”

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