A number of Westminster fashion alumni have been announced as recipients of the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) NEWGEN sponsorship.

Collage image of the NEWGEN recipients collection at LFW

Priya Ahluwalia, Steven Stokey-Daley and Paolo Carzana are recipients of this year’s NEWGEN sponsorship in partnership with TikTok. The app joined NEWGEN as its principal partner, supporting the organisation in creating a bespoke programme of activity for the recipients.

The sponsorship is awarded every year to womenswear, menswear and accessories designers, offering them financial support, chances to showcase their work, as well as mentoring to develop critical business skills. The BFC delivers personal mentoring and business training sessions to assist the designers as they develop their business, including pro-bono legal services and tax and accounting support. 

NEWGEN in partnership with TikTok is the one of the most recognised designer development schemes in the world. Designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference. NEWGEN supports the very best emerging talent and aims to build global, high end fashion brands of the future.

Ahluwalia has also been shortlisted for the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, with the winner being announced this month during London Fashion Week (LFW). The fund aims to celebrate exceptional talent and empower businesses to play their part in positive growth through advanced business mentoring, pro-bono legal services and awarding a cash prize. All shortlisted designers are invited to present their collections and business plan to a panel of experts chaired by Dylan Jones OBE, BFC Menswear Chair and Editor of British GQ.

Professor Andrew Groves, Professor of Fashion Design at the University of Westminster, said: “It's terrific to see Paolo Carzana, Steven Stokey-Daley and Priya Ahluwalia honoured with the NEWGEN award this season. Paolo's graduating collection in 2018 was the first time Westminster Fashion Design BA Honours students showed as part of LFW, and his collection wowed the international press audience. While Steven debuted his graduate collection in February 2020, as part of the Westminster BA Fashion Design show at LFW, he immediately drew the attention of Harry Styles, who wore Steven's collection in numerous fashion shots and his Golden music video.

“It's also fantastic that Priya Ahluwalia has been shortlisted for the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, which awards a £150,000 grant for a designer's business as well as 12 months of expert mentoring.”

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