Hats off to Christopher Shannon – the Liverpool-born designer is the winner of the inaugural British Fashion Council/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. He beat out four other nominees – Richard Nicoll, Lou Dalton, Christopher Raeburn and Patrick Grant – to walk away with the £150,000 grant, which includes with a year-long mentoring scheme worth around £50,000.
"There were so many people pushing for that prize – and who pushed me to go for it – and I have always considered myself as somewhat anti-establishment, but now people have started recognising my work for what it is," he told GQ. "That's really rewarding.”
In a bittersweet moment, he dedicated his award to recently departed Central Saint Martins tutor Louise Wilson, who gave Shannon a scholarship to attend her Fashion MA course. "I've lost her, but she's left me with so much," he said. "It's fucking unbelievable – that's exactly what she'd have said!"
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