Future of Fashion

16 February 2012

The British Fashion Council launched the ‘Future of Fashion – Strategic Considerations for Growth’ report at a press conference, hosted by Sir Philip Green and Harold Tillman CBE, to open London Fashion Week February 2012.
The UK fashion industry is worth £21billion to the UK economy and makes a vital contribution to the global reputation of Great Britain as a leader in creative excellence.  Much more can be done to drive the sector forward, however, and contribute to much needed growth for the UK economy. In this document The British Fashion Council lays out its vision for the sector, identifying five areas which it believes have great potential and highlights the action required to ensure this potential is met.  Spanning skills, training, education, job creation, talent development, retail, manufacturing, philanthropy and sponsorship.  The considerations offer inspiration and hope for the future of this great industry and for the UK economy.

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Thank you to the following for their support:
For their input to this document
Anne Pitcher, MD, Selfridges
Anne Tyrrell MBE, MD, Anne Tyrrell Design Consultancy
David Shepherd, MD, Topman
Don McCarthy, Chairman, House of Fraser
Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL
Gordon Richardson, Design Director, Topman
John King, CEO, House of Fraser
Karen Dennison, Principal, Fashion Retail Academy
Professor Louise Wilson OBE, Course Director MA Fashion, CSM
Marigay McKee, Chief Merchant, Harrods
Michael Sharp, CEO, Debenhams
Richard Kottle, CEO, British Footwear Association
Simon Ward, COO, British Fashion Council
Tania Littlehales, Head of PR, Marks & Spencer
Wendy Dagworthy OBE, Head of School of Fashion & Textiles, Royal College of Art
Wendy Malem, Director, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Contributors to the film
Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor, Vogue UK
Anna Wintour OBE, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue US
Anya Hindmarch MBE, Anya Hindmarch
Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council
Dylan Jones , Editor, GQ
Harold Tillman CBE, Chairman, British Fashion Council
Jack Wright, Student, The Fashion Retail Academy
Jason Beckley, Global Marketing Director, Dunhill
RT Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
Kate Phelan, Creative Director, Topshop
Laura Bailey, BFC Cultural Ambassador
Mary Homer, Managing Director, Topshop Mulberry
Sir Philip Green, Arcadia Group
Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent
Simon Ward, COO, British Fashion Council
Wendy Dagworthy OBE, Head of School of Fashion & Textiles, Royal College of Art

Thank you to all BFC Industry Patrons, BFC Corporate Partners and the London Fashion Week Sponsors