Labrum London, a British fashion label founded by creative director Foday Dumbuya in 2015, has been awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The award, presented by King Charles during a special event in London, recognizes Labrum London’s commitment to sustainable practices and community engagement. Labrum London is celebrated for its innovative representation of West African culture through a modern lens.

Caroline Rush, the CEO of the British Fashion Council (BFC), commended Labrum London for seamlessly blending Dumbuya’s West African heritage with the history of British tailoring. She emphasized how the label’s designs capture the unique and compelling aspects of the UK as a leader in creative and fashion talent. Rush also highlighted the BFC’s dedication to supporting emerging British designers, particularly in the face of diminishing funding for the arts.

Labrum London joins a prestigious list of previous winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Award, including Richard Quinn, Bethany Williams, Rosh Mahtani, Priya Ahluwalia, and Saul Nash. These designers have made significant contributions to the fashion industry through their outstanding talent and dedication.

As part of the announcement, the BFC revealed the recipients of its Fashion Trust grants for 2023. The grant winners, chosen by a judging panel, include Chopova Lowena, Fruity Booty, Molly Goddard, Neous, Piferi, and Richard Malone. With a total donation of £1.1 million, the BFC Foundation aims to support the growth of these designer businesses and facilitate practical solutions.

The BFC Fashion Trust, established in 2011, has already awarded over £2.7 million to 53 designer businesses, providing essential funds to help them thrive in the industry. This support has been instrumental in the success of renowned designers such as Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead, and Roksanda.

In collaboration with GQ, the BFC has also produced the Designer Fashion Fund Shortlist for 2023. The shortlisted designers, including AGR, Bianca Saunders, Bleue Burnham, Paria Farzaneh, and Wales Bonner, will have the opportunity to showcase their talent and potential on a global stage during London Fashion Week in June.

The British Fashion Council’s dedication to nurturing and elevating emerging designers exemplifies their commitment to sustaining the British fashion industry. Through initiatives like the Queen Elizabeth II Award, Fashion Trust grants, and Designer Fashion Fund, the BFC empowers designers to continue pushing boundaries and making invaluable contributions to the dynamic world of fashion.

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1. Labrum London
2. British Fashion Council Foundation