The winners of The Fashion Awards 2021 presented by TikTok were announced by The British Fashion Council (BFC) with much celebration.
Last night’s star studded, red carpet event in the Royal Albert Hall, London celebrated fashion’s role at the intersection of culture while recognising the exceptional
individuals whose imagination and creativity have broken new ground in fashion globally over the past 12
months. Also acclaimed were the brands and businesses that have transformed the possibilities of fashion today.
The evening, hosted by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated actor,
singer, director, composer, and playwright Billy Porter, celebrated fifteen Leaders of Change, two Awards,
four Special Recognition Awards and a new Fashion Award for Metaverse Design.
The Fashion Awards 2021 opened with a tribute for the late Virgil Abloh by British actor Idris Elba who
recited ‘When Great Trees Fall’, a poem by Maya Angelou.
The Fashion Awards nominees and winners are voted for by an international judging panel of industry
experts of over 1000 people.
The Fashion Awards presented by TikTok 2021 Winners
Designer of the Year: Kim Jones for Dior Men and Fendi
Presented by: Demi Moore and Tom Daley
BFC Foundation Award: Nensi Dojaka
Presented by: Evan Mock and Indya Moore
Independent British Brand: Simone Rocha for Simone Rocha
Presented by: Griff
Special Recognition Award for Culture Commentary: Dylan Jones
Presented by: Kano and Patrice Evra
Leaders of Change
The 15 designers, brands, creatives, and individuals who created positive change within the fashion
industry this past year under three categories: Environment, People and Creativity.
Presented by: Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Recognises designers and brands who made a global impact in the past years through their creativity in design,
campaigns, collaborations and firm business foundation as well as defined the shape of global fashion.
Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga
Jonathan Anderson for JW Anderson & LOEWE
Kim Jones OBE for Dior Men & Fendi
Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton Men & Off-White
Celebrates those who have made a significant contribution towards reducing the environmental impact of our industry
to create positive change. They are the leaders and are setting the bar by exploring new business models, design
principles, production processes, consumption, and disposal.
Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams
Gabriela Hearst for Chloé & Gabriela Hearst
Phoebe English for Phoebe English
Priya Ahluwalia for Ahluwalia
Stella McCartney OBE for Stella McCartney
Recognises those who have led change by encouraging equal, diverse, empowered workforces from head office to
supply chain and shop floor. It focuses on the impact fashion has on communities.
Edward Enninful OBE
Outstanding Achievement Award: Tommy Hilfiger
Presented by: Kris Jenner and Law Roach
Performance by Charli XCX
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: IB Kamara
Presented by: Adut Akech and Alton Mason
Trailblazer Award: Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Presented by: Sinead Burke
Fashion Award for Metaverse Design: cSapphire
The evening also included a number of Special Celebrations that showcased fashion’s role in culture at its
CHANEL was recognised for its pioneering commitment to arts and culture. In celebration, CHANEL hosted
a special performance by dancer, actor and model Lil Buck. Since it was founded, CHANEL has championed
new art forms, supported pathbreakers, and catalysed collaborations, believing in the transformative power
of artists. With the launch of the podcast series CHANEL Connects, the CHANEL Culture Fund and the
CHANEL Next Prize, the House is extending its century long commitment to the freedom of creation and
reaffirming the potential of artists to imagine ‘the next’.
The Fashion Awards also paid tribute to Fashion East, and its talent and community from the past 20 years.
Fashion East and Lulu Kennedy have cemented London’s tradition of being ahead of the curve; incubating,
mentoring and platforming new design talent as they launch their brands while creating a space with no
divisible lines between fashion, nightlife, and art, as well as conversations on gender, race, and sexuality.
As well as celebrating the incredible talents working in the fashion industry, The Fashion Awards also
recognised the incredible legacy of pop and style icon, Kylie Minogue who performed Slow x Love To Love
You Baby, The Infinite Disco version.
NEW WAVE: Creatives 2021 were given special mention by Billy Porter. The accolade represents 50 of the
most innovative and inspiring young creative talents from around the world and spans continents and
creative disciplines, highlights London’s position as the epicentre for international talent and pays homage
to the incredible success of both home-grown and international talent; while celebrating all those who play
a vital role in the industry’s cultural and creative reputation.
Each winner received a unique trophy, designed by 2020 New Wave: Creative Jabez Barlett and produced
by 3D-printing design specialist Nagami out of Parley Ocean Plastic®.
The Fashion Awards presented by TikTok is a fundraiser for the BFC Foundation which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on Talent,
Education, Grant-Giving and Business Mentoring and aims to improve equality and opportunity so that the
fashion industry remains diverse and open to all, helping talented designers at all stages of their career
from school level through to becoming a global fashion brand. In 2020/21, the BFC raised £1.7 million for
the BFC Foundation, and its talent support initiatives and this year the charity supported 33 designers.
The BFC has also collaborated with BOTTLETOP’s #TOGETHERBAND campaign on an exclusive band,
launched to help raise funds for the BFC Foundation raise awareness for the UN Sustainable Development
Goals. The Black Edition band is made from recycled Parley Ocean Plastic®️ and Humanium Metal, recycled
illegal firearms to help put an end to armed violence. The bands retail from £18 and are available at
The BFC continues its collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) to further engage
the fashion industry in the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The
Fashion Awards align with SDGs 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work & Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced
Inequalities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for
SINA Fashion are the China Media Partner for The Fashion Awards 2021.
Principal Partner: TikTok; Official Partners: American
Express, Charlotte Tilbury, Flannels, Getty Images, Moët & Chandon, Roblox, Royal Salute and The Londoner are appreciated
for their ongoing support.
Photos by Getty and Jason Lloyd-Evans ( BFC ), Bertie Watson ( BFC ), Charlie Wheeler ( BFC )