Peter Pilotto scoop BFC Vogue Fashion Fund
London-based design duo win acclaimed prize
Renowned for their eye-catching prints, London-based duo, Peter Pilotto, has scooped the BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize.
The award, established by Alexandra Shulman, British Vogue's editor, gives the winners £200,000 as well as a year's mentoring from the likes of Topshop, Paul Smith, Harrods and Debenhams.
Despite competition from other candidates such as Mary Katrantzou, Emilia Wickstead, Henry Holland, Osman and Zoe Jordan - the duo, Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, took the award home.
The pair met while studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Antwerp. It seems that they didn't immediately spark a friendship as De Vos reveals: "I liked Peter - but I don't think he liked me! I was very outspoken and he was very reserved." Although it was only a matter of time, as Pilotto shares: "I grew to like him."
Peter Pilotto established its label in 2007 and swiftly built a reputation thanks to unique designs featuring digital prints, which can often be spotted on the red-carpet; celebrity fans Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Emma Watson and Miranda Kerr, are just some of the women who favour their designs.
Similarly to other designers who have embarked on high-street collaborations, Peter Pilotto, created a collection for American retail giant, Target.
The BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund has supported a host of British talent since its creation in 2008, who, have in turn gone on to witness fruitful careers, including Erdem in 2010, Christopher Kane in 2011, Jonathan Saunders in 2012 and Nicholas Kirkwood in 2013.