The BFC Industry Facts & Figures

17 February 2011
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The BFC Industry Facts & Figures

•    65 catwalk shows and 45 salon shows and presentations to take place over 6 days
•    170 UK and International emerging and established, ready to wear and accessories designers at The Exhibition at London Fashion Week (LFW)
•    Canon is the principal sponsor for the eleventh consecutive season
•    The Exhibition at LFW will play host to 22 Estethica designers, 17 NEWGEN designers and 4 Multibrand Showrooms
•    Menswear day, now in its 5th season, has 14 shows and 7 presentations
•    On the catwalk there are 5 NEWGEN, sponsored by Topshop, designers: David Koma, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Mary Katrantzou and Michael van der Ham
•    3 NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by Topman, designers are showing on the catwalk: Christopher Shannon, James Long and J.W.Anderson
•    There are three Fashion Forward, sponsored by Coutts & Co, designers on the catwalk, Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Pilotto and Todd Lynn
•    Over 5,000 visitors are expected: buyers, TV & radio crews, journalists and photographers
•    Media coverage equals or exceeds most major news and international sporting events
•    UK media coverage each season now exceeds £100m and media coverage from the International Guest Programme exceeds £35m (source: Precise)
•    It is estimated that orders of over £100m are placed during LFW each season; the International Guest Programme alone generates over £40m of orders  
•    The direct value of the UK fashion industry to the UK economy  is £21 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    Fashion’s wider contribution to the economy in influencing spending in other industries is estimated to stand at over £37 billion (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    The UK fashion industry directly employs 816,000 people across a wide range of jobs and is the largest employer of all the creative industries. The sector also provides opportunities to minority groups to a greater extent than most other creative industries (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    The UK Fashion industry is the 15th largest industry (out of 81) in the UK – similar in size to the food/beverages services and telecommunications industries and bigger than the wholesale and retail of automotives, sports activities, chemical manufacture and advertising/video sectors (source: BFC Value of Fashion Report)
•    Major export markets are USA, Japan, Russia, France, Italy, Middle East, Hong Kong, China
•    The UK is renowned for having the best fashion colleges in the world.

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