In partnership with the British Fashion Council, NET-A-PORTER’s Vanguard Education Fund provides both financial support and dedicated mentoring to final-year students as they embark on their careers to help them gain a foothold in the fashion industry
The Vanguard Education Fund sees NET-A-PORTER join forces with the British Fashion Council to identify and nurture the industry’s next generation of innovators. Final-year BA students studying at UK universities within the BFC Colleges Council and selected international institutions (Parsons School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, TAFE Australia and FEDISA Fashion School Cape Town) are eligible.
In May 2022, a shortlist of creatives were invited to a judging day, where four winners were selected. The lucky winners Maïssane Zinaï, Benjamin James Davis, Finlay Roberts, and Renato Brás were each awarded a £12,500 bursary fund and paired with two of the fund’s influential mentors – an impressive list that includes designers Cate Holstein (founder of Khaite), Conner Ives and Christopher John Rogers; renowned stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois; editorial and tech expert Eva Chen; business mogul, musician and actor Jessica Jung; and NET-A-PORTER’s content director Alice Casely-Hayford and market director Libby Page.