Christopher Kane was announced as the winner of the 2011 BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Along with British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman, the British Fashion Council awarded Kane with £200,000 (little over $300,000) to help him further develop his business. Not that his business was suffering – Kane’s last Spring 2011 signature collection was widely successful and much talked about and his space print dresses and shirts from a few seasons ago are still high in demand. He is also the head designer for Donatela Versace’s Versus label and quite successful at that as well.
Other 2011 BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund award hopefuls were Richard Nicoll, Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jonathan Saunders, Peter Pilotto, E Tautz and Osman Yousefzada, all of whom Christopher Kane beat to the prize. Last year’s winner was Erdem Moralioglu.