Early this morning, the British Fashion Council announced Nicholas Daley as the 2022 BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund winner. The esteemed award includes a cash prize of £150,000 along with a 12-month mentoring programme and pro-bono legal services. The London-based designer joins an impressive cast of previous winners like Craig Green, Samuel Ross of A-Cold-Wall, and last year's recipient Priya Ahluwalia.
Upon receiving the news, Daley gushed, 'I am very honoured to receive this award, and I would like to thank GQ, the BFC and the industry judging panel for selecting me as this year's winner. The funding and mentoring program will support me in continuing to grow my brand for the future.' Having founded his eponymous label in 2015 after graduating from Central Saint Martins, the Scottish-Jamaican designer has been celebrated for his exploration of black British identity and diasporic themes. The award winner adds this milestone to an already impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2019 International Woolmark Prize Semi-Final Award and being an LVMH Prize finalist winner in 2020.
It's his forward-thinking approach to menswear that impressed GQ's deputy global editorial director Adam Baidawi, who exclaimed, 'Nicholas Daley is a phenomenon. He has brought to life a menswear vision that is totally his own'. For A/W 22, Daley hosted a pop-up in Soho with live musical performances that brought the brand's ethos of community, craftsmanship and culture to life. Rounding up London Fashion Week with a bang, the BFC and GQ will host a reception later this evening to celebrate the rising London talent.