5 March 2013
by Niamh Tuft
On Sunday 17th February, at the heart of London Fashion Week, the participants of the British Council and British Fashion Council's International Fashion Showcase gathered to find out who had been awarded the Emerging Talent Award 2013.
A panel of industry experts chaired by Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, had deliberated over the 25 exhibitions in this years' showcase and the crowd eagerly awaited the annoucnement of the winner. Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, welcomed everyone to Somerset House and London Fashion Week and Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, remarked on the expansion of the showcase from 19 countries in 2012 to 27 participating countries in 2013. Drawing attention to the convergence of more than 70 designers in London and to the collaborations between embassies, designers and curators.
Sarah Mower then discussed the showcase as an opportunity for individual talents to be discovered, regardless of background or social circumstances. Excitement mounted as she talked about chairing the judging panel for the second year and announced that a small Baltic country who presented the work of four designers had blown the panel away. The Estonian designers, curator and Cultural Attache were awarded a sculpture designed by Dominic Jones for their exhibition 'The Estonian Ministry of Creative Affairs', an exhibition which created an atmospheric narrative space within The Horse Hospital.
This above film illustrates the 25 projects that made up the IFS 2013, we hear from designers, curators, the judging panel and representatives from the British Council and the British Fashion Council about what the showcase is about and their experiences of being involved in 2013.