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25 Most Powerful People in British Fashion

Fab Flash: BFC Reveales 25 Most Powerful List

The 2009 British Fashion Awards take place this evening (you can see a full list of nominees here) and with just hours to go, the British Fashion Council have announced a list of the 25 most powerful in the industry. The list was chosen by a panel which included British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and contains both household names (Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith) and lesser known industry insiders (Lulu Kennedy, Louis Wilson and Joan Burnstein) highlighting the size and impact of fashion.

It's also interesting how many of the people mentioned have been knighted proving the importance of the industry as a whole to the UK. I am surprised that neither Stella McCartney nor Jane Shepherdson make an appearance and nor do any magazine editors. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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  • Alexander McQueen – designer
  • Anna Whiting & Sam Gainsbury – fashion show and shoot producers
  • Anya Hindmarch – designer
  • Christopher Bailey – creative director, Burberry
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood – designer
  • David Bailey – photographer
  • Erin O'Connor – model and industry figurehead
  • Guido Palau – hairdresser
  • Harold Tillman – BFC chairman
  • Hilary Riva – ex CEO and BFC member
  • Hussein Chalayan – designer
  • Joan Burstein – owner of Browns boutique
  • John Galliano – designer
  • Kate Moss – model and Topshop designer
  • Louise Wilson – head of MA fashion at Central Saint Martins
  • Lulu Kennedy – director of Fashion East
  • Mandi Lennard – PR
  • Naomi Campbell – model
  • Nick Knight – photographer
  • Pat McGrath – makeup artist
  • Russell Marsh – casting director
  • Sir Paul Smith – designer
  • Sir Philip Green – owner, Arcadia
  • Sir Stuart Rose – executive chairman, Marks & Spencer
  • Stephen Jones – milliner
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