The British Fashion Council have announced today (Thursday November 6) Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, is to receive their Outstanding Achievement Award.
Speaking ahead of the awards Natalie Massenet MBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council has praised Anna and said: “Anna Wintour has helped, nurtured and advised the careers of some of the world’s most brilliant and creative designers. Anna is the creative industry ambassador and a great friend to the British fashion industry, which has benefited from her incredible support in driving the profile of our talent on a global platform as well as from her very personal care and attention.”
The award comes after a lifetime of incredible achievements while being editors for both British and American Vogue.
Anna has been heavily involved in charity work for many years, including fundraising for AIDS research, HIV awareness, and in 2003 directed the CDFA’s and Vogue Fashion Fund’s emerging fashion designers award aimed to encourage struggling businesses after 9/11.
And, in 2009 Anna created Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out as a result of 2008s economic downturn consequences to help restore confidence in the retail industry.
Christopher Bailey MBE, chief creative of Burberry, commended Anna’s commitment of nurturing and supporting emerging creative talent and said: “On a personal level it has also been a tremendous honour to have had her support, guidance and friendship throughout the many years that I have known her and I’m delighted that we are celebrating her at the British Fashion Awards in London. Anna Wintour is awe-inspiring; her dedication and passion to the fashion industry, her work ethic, and her unwavering support of young talent are truly unique.”
We will have all the winners from the British Fashion Awards after they take place in London on December 1.