BA Fine Art Critical Practice graduate Bethany Williams wins top UK fashion industry’s awards

Bethany graduated from Brighton in 2012 and went on to complete a Masters at London College of Fashion. She launched a pioneering fashion label in 2017 where she collaborates with different charities each season, aiming to bring about social change and addressing challenges for the industry from agricultural practices to communication.

The British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund was established in 2008, and awards a cash prize of £200,000. The panel praised Bethany for reconfiguring  what fashion’s relationship with philanthropy and sustainability could look like. As well as spotlighting subjects ranging from homelessness to the prison system, she uses her collections to  raises funds for charities, while training marginalised communities in new skills.

Speaking after her win, Bethany Williams said: “As designers, we are problem-solvers. We want to provide an alternative system for fashion production, as we believe fashion’s reflection upon the world can create positive change.

Amanda Bright, Dean of the School of Art and Media, said: “It’s wonderful to see Brighton’s pillars of creativity, sustainability, partnership and inclusivity demonstrated so clearly and powerfully in the work of one of our alumni. We are so delighted for Bethany.

British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful said: “The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund continues to be a vital initiative within the UK fashion industry. During this unprecedented time, we need to continue to do our utmost to protect and nurture young talents that bring so much energy and excitement to British fashion.

Previous winners of The Fund include Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Molly Goddard and WALES BONNER.

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