About Designer Fact File
Originally published as a report in 1997, Designer Fact File (DFF) was developed by the British Fashion Council as a guide to setting up a fashion business. The report author Caroline Coates had herself experienced “The wonder and the horror of running a label” and aimed to share her own experience and draw on the guidance of designers and industry professionals through extensive research.
Designer Fact File moved online in 2012 with the launch of the first DFF site. Offering new insights into the industry, the report content was updated to recognise advances and developments in both retail and technology.
Now Designer Fact File has been relaunched as a dynamic knowledge portal and learning platform providing business information and training across the Fashion Value Chain. The DFF curriculum offers information and insights on a wide spectrum of business topics with content provided by leading industry professionals.
The topics cover a range of business stages, from start-ups to established brands, and support the off-line training provided to BFC affiliated designers, as well as broadening the outreach to other fashion businesses.
About The British Fashion Council (BFC)
The British Fashion Council was set up in 1983 to promote British fashion internationally and co-ordinate this promotion through fashion weeks, exhibitions and showcasing events. The BFC now supports designers beginning at college level and extending to talent identification, business support and showcasing schemes to help British designer businesses develop their profiles and business globally and promote British fashion and its influential role in Britain and London. The BFC Colleges Council offers support to students through its Foundation, BA and MA scholarships, links with industry through design competitions and Graduate Preview Day.
Talent identification and business support schemes include the BFC Fashion Film sponsored by River Island; BFC Rock Vault; BFC Headonism; BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund supported by Vertu; BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund; NEWGEN sponsored by TOPSHOP and NEWGEN MEN sponsored by TOPMAN. The British Fashion Council supports Boden’s Future British initiative. Showcasing initiatives and events include London Fashion Week, London Collections Men, LONDON show ROOMS, the BFC Fashion Arts Foundation, International Fashion Showcase, London Fashion Weekend and the annual celebration of excellence in the fashion industry: the British Fashion Awards.