Following in the footsteps of Stella McCartney — who will be honoured with the first edition of the Special Recognition Award for Innovation — the British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced another honouree for the 2017 Fashion Awards. Known for her iconic cuts of cotton — think the Dior "we should all be feminists" t-shirts — the maison's Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, is being recognised for her efforts towards female empowerment and will be awarded the Swarovski Award for Positive Change. 

Speaking about the award, BFC's Chairman, Natalie Massenet said: "With this award, Maria Grazia will be celebrated for her successful creative achievements, her contribution to female empowerment within fashion and her determination to encourage women of future generations to believe in themselves. The positive impact she has had on the fashion and global communities makes her a great inspiration to all of us." 

The 2017 British Fashion Awards will take place on December 4 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In the meantime, discover the full list of nominees