edward enninful’s call to the youth of today at last nights BFA’s

The former i-D Fashion Director made an impassioned plea for people not to let their social backgrounds get in the way of making it in fashion.

by Lynette Nylander
02 December 2014, 11:05am

Stylist and W Fashion Director Edward Enninful accepted the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at last night's British Fashion Awards with an important message for hopefuls who want to get a start in fashion but may feel alienated from the industry.

"If there are kids out there that think they can't get ahead in industry because of their colour, their creed or their social background, believe me, if I can do it then so can you." He said as he accepted his award from long-time collaborator and friend, Naomi Campbell and singer Rihanna, who flew in especially for the event.

The former i-D Fashion Director started his career at the tender age of 18 becoming the youngest ever Fashion Director of an international publication. He has gone on to work on American Vogue, Italian Vogue and style shows for the likes of Comme des Garcons, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry,Valentino, Jil Sander and Gucci. Throughout his career, he has become a champion for diversity and equality in the fashion industry and creating hundreds of seminal covers and editorials using models of all ethnicities. 

Edward Enninful