2015

Karl Lagerfeld honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his unrivalled contribution to the fashion industry

J.W.Anderson wins both the Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year – the first time one designer has won both accolades in the same year. Nick Knight was presented with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and the British fashion industry is celebrated with a unique fashion showcase with supermodels storming the stage each dressed by a British designer, marching to a live soundtrack by Alison Moyet.

2014

Swarovski named as the Principal Sponsor for the 2014 British Fashion Awards

During the ceremony John Galliano presents Anna Wintour OBE with the Outstanding Achievement Award while Naomi Campbell presents the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to Edward Enninful. The late Professor Louise Wilson is also honoured at the ceremony in a tribute that saw models wearing looks by designers she had taught at Central Saint Martins, including Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou. The public votes Harry Styles as the winner of the British Style Award.

2013

Over 300 members of the fashion industry are approached to vote for the 2013 British Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Council approach over 300 members of the fashion industry, including international retailers and key opinion formers to vote for this year’s accolades. In addition, to recognise the ever growing globalisation of the fashion industry, an award for International Designer of the Year is introduced. The event is held at the London Coliseum for the first time.

2011

New Establishment Award recognises new movement in British fashion

British Fashion Award nominees, led by Save the Children and British Fashion Council ambassador Samantha Cameron, celebrated their nomination by taking part in Born to Walk Tall - the first ever fashion mile, to honour the critical work performed by doctors, nurses and midwives worldwide. Two new awards were introduced this year: New Establishment and Emerging Talent - Menswear.

2010

Lee Alexander McQueen receives posthumous award and the British Fashion Council introduces the British Style Award, voted for by the public

Hosted at a new venue of The Savoy, four time winner of British Designer of the Year award, Lee Alexander McQueen received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design in recognition for his extraordinary career.

Based on the success of the London 25 award, the British Fashion Council introduce the British Style Award, voted for by the public. The award aims to recognise the individual who most embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a leading creative fashion capital

2009

The British Fashion Council introduce two new awards

Hosted at the Royal Courts of Justice on its 25th anniversary, the British Fashion Council introduces two new awards: Outstanding Contribution to British Fashion and London 25, an award voted for by the public.

2008

Two new awards for emerging talent

Event is staged at the Lawrence Hall, Westminster and, for the third consecutive year, is supported by Swarovski, which also sponsors two new awards – The Swarovski Emerging Talent Awards for Ready-to-Wear and for Accessories.

2007

Stylist Isabella Blow remembered

Fashion Creator Award is renamed Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator in honour of Isabella Blow, who died on May 7, 2007. Blow was renowned for her unerring support of British designers and for her contribution to the international fashion industry as a whole. The British Fashion Council also create the BFC Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award. Event moves to RHS’s Lawrence Hall in Westminster and is sponsored by Swarovski.

2006

British Fashion Council introduces £50k BFC Enterprise Award

Staged at the Victoria & Albert Museum and sponsored by Swarovski. The British Fashion Council introduce BFC Enterprise Award, a major cash prize, which is won by Jonathan Saunders.

2004

Victoria & Albert Museum backs Fashion Achiever Award

Major British arts institution, which also stages the Awards this year, backs new V&A Fashion Achiever Award, which is collected by photographer David Bailey, and then journalist Suzy Menkes, OBE, in 2005, and retailer Joan Burstein, CBE, in 2006.

2003

TV, film and music injection creates British Style Awards

For one year only, the British Fashion Council partners with Lycra to throw open the awards categories to the TV, film and music industries, giving birth to the hybrid British Style Awards at Old Billingsgate Market.

2001

HRH Prince of Wales attends as Guest of Honour

Battersea Park Arena is honoured with the presence of HRH Prince of Wales, who attends event as Guest of Honour. Sir Paul Smith’s knighthood, received the previous year for services to the fashion industry, is celebrated. Rover is sponsor for second year; BBC 2 covers the event.

2000

New sponsor Rover introduces People’s Award and the event returns to the Natural History Museum

British car brand Rover partners the British Fashion Council, introducing the People’s Choice Award to the line-up, won in its first year by Alexander McQueen.

1998

British Fashion Awards celebrates 10th anniversary

Sky News sponsors gala event marking a decade since the inception of the British Fashion Awards.

1997

Alexander McQueen scoops Designer of the Year for a second year

Event, held at The Royal Albert Hall, is sponsored by Lloyds for eighth and final year.

1996

Awards return to The Royal Albert Hall

Lloyds continues to sponsor event as it returns to its first home.

1995

Jean Muir honoured

Held at the Natural History Museum for a second year, the ceremony includes a tribute to Jean Muir, who passed away on May 28 that year, aged 66.

1992

The British Fashion Awards ceremony moves to Grosvenor House

1991

The British Fashion Awards are held at the Duke of York’s Headquarters

1990

Diana, Princess of Wales attends as Guest of Honour

Diana, Princess of Wales attends the second British Fashion Awards. Leading banking company Lloyds comes on board as headline sponsor of the event, a partnership which lasts for eight years.

1989

The annual British Fashion Awards is born

The British Fashion Council host the first British Fashion Awards held at The Royal Albert Hall, and sponsored by Clairol. Seven awards are presented on the night.

1984

British Fashion Council introduces Designer of the Year Award

Agenda-setting designer Katharine Hamnett scoops the BFC’s first ever Designer of the Year Award. The same year, she famously wore her '58% DON'T WANT PERSHING' t-shirt to meet the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.