Christopher Kane Wins BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

Christopher Kane

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Walking on sunshine: Christopher Kane has won the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.

It's a good day to be Christopher Kane.

The Scottish designer has been named the winner of the 2011 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, the British Fashion Council has announced.

The prestigious award—which is in its second year—will give Kane £200,000 (roughly $323,000) and access to a bespoke mentoring program designed to help him meet his business goals for the next year.

Known for his recent collections of candy-pink gingham, wild gorilla prints, and Day-Glo neon dresses, the Versus designer and his business partner/sister Tammy beat out Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman, Charlotte Olympia, Peter Pilotto, E. Tautz, Richard Nicoll, and Jonathan Saunders for the award, though all finalists will receive mentoring.

“I am absolutely delighted to be this year’s winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund," Kane says in a press release.

"It is such an honor to receive this accolade, especially when I have such huge respect for all the nominees. The prize enables us to implement our strategic vision for the Christopher Kane business going forward. We would like to thank everyone involved in making this decision and all those who have helped establish our business. We would especially like to thank our team, who work incredibly hard every day and without whom none of this would be possible.”

"I am delighted that Christopher Kane has won this year's award," adds British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, a judge on the panel.

"His last collection was one of his best, with a strong point of view, but also clothes that all of us want to wear. He represents the best of British fashion talent—original, determined and influential.”

We concur.