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Edited by on February 1 2012 at 8:40 AM

Scottish-born designer Jonathan Saunders beat out eight other designers including Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab and Nicholas Kirkwood to take home the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund award.

Great Scot!: Jonathan Saunders Wins BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

In addition to a £200,000 cash prize — which translates roughly to $315,000 at current exchange rates and proves that the dollar is pretty much worthless —  Saunders will also receive mentoring from the BFC.

“I’m so happy about winning the fund,” Saunders said. “The last 12 months have been an exciting time for me and my team and I’m very proud of all their hard work. We have many exciting plans for the near future and this along with the support network provided by the BFC will enable us to achieve our goals.”

British Vogue EIC Alexandra Shulman added, “I am delighted that Jonathan has won this year’s award. His recent collections have shown that he is a designer who can provide beautiful clothes that women enjoy wearing and he is in a great position to build on his current success.” [Vogue UK]


Story by Lester Brathwaite

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