The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced the elite group of 11 designers that are set to receive the 2017 BFC Fashion Trust grants. A total of Dhs2.15 million, the largest amount in the six-year history of the charitable project, will be shared between Edeline Lee, Isa Arfen, Sharon Wauchob, Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Huishan Zhang, Marques'Almeida, Osman Yousezada, Rejina Pyo, Georgia Hardinge and Teatum Jones. In addition to the monetary incentive, the designers will also be offered legal insights into the business as well as mentoring on aspects of sustainability.

"The generosity of the BFC Fashion Trust supporters is always remarkable, and I am delighted that we are able to support these 11 deserving designers for the year ahead," said Caroline Rush CBE, CEO British Fashion Council. "By providing financial as well as mentoring support the BFC Fashion Trust continues to help secure the future stability of these designer businesses in contributing to our growing industry."

From the esteemed list of designers, the names Georgia Hardinge and Teatum Jones are well-known to the regional fashion community with Hardinge recently sharing an exclusive first look at her mummy-inspired collection with Buro 24/7 Middle East. While Teatum Jones' creative duo Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones spoke with Buro 24/7 Middle East's Editor-in-Chief Shannon Wylie about their latest creative concept

Congratulations to the recipients! Now, read about the 15 emerging designers selected for the 2017 Newgen initiative.