The British Fashion Council unveils its 2023 NEW WAVE: Creatives

The British Fashion Council unveils its 2023 NEW WAVE: Creatives

by Ollie Cox
6 min

The British Fashion Council has announced this year’s recipients of the NEW WAVE: Creatives award. The selection includes a group of global rising stars who represent the future of creativity in fashion, consisting of digital artists, casting directors, photographers, hair and make-up artists, image makers, art directors, and stylists. Culted fave Alice Dodds is on the list this year, who has carved a name for herself with her refreshing approach to makeup. We’ve got the full details below. 

Previous NEW WAVE: Creatives include Tyler Mitchell, Campbell Addy, Ib Kamara, Kai Isaiah-Jamal, Rafael Pavarotti, Peggy Gou, and Harry Lambert. The final list serves as a resource for the global fashion industry, which can be used to inform and support future creative projects, as well as highlight the UK capital’s strength as a creative hub. As well as being celebrated on the night, the creatives will receive year-round social media support across BFC Channels. 

Voting for this year’s award began in July, with last year’s NEW WAVE: Creatives having a direct input in choosing the winners for 2023. Alongside previous recipients of the award, an influential industry panel helped with the selection. It included Amber Testino, co-owner of Art Partner, Bandana Tewari, writer and Creative Director of Vogue India, Bonnie Langedijk, founder of HURS, Carla Sozzani, Founder of 10 Corso Como, Feng Chen Wang, Designer and Creative Director, John Rankin, Photographer and Director, Karla Welch, Celebrity Stylist, Samuel Ross, Doctor of Arts and Founder of A-COLD-WALL*, Toni-Blaze Ibekwe, Editor-in-Chief of Wonderland, and Yinka Ashogbon, Designer of Ash Luxe. 

We’ve shortlisted some of this year’s NEW WAVE: Creatives that are on our radar below: 

Alice Dodds

Alice Dodds is a London-based makeup artist and creative director whose background in painting and design informs her approach. She has been tapped to work with some of the biggest names in fashion and music, including Diesel, DSQUARED2 and Jorja Smith. Her work regularly draws on ideas present in British iconography and popular culture. 

Cam Tran 

Cam Tran is a nail artist based in Paris who got into nails after seeing her mother’s impeccable nails. Tran’s work moves beyond traditional nail art, using 3D detailing. The creative has worked with industry-leading brands like LOEWE and contributed to Doja Cat’s iconic Schiaparelli Couture outfit. 

Sarfo Emmanuel Annor 

Sarfo Emmanuel Annor is a 21-year-old visual artist who uses colour as part of his work, which shares the stories and dreams of young people from Koforidua, Ghana. Often shooting talent against vibrant backdrops, his subjects carry playful and sometimes enlarged items from everyday life, such as newspapers, shoes and teddy bears. 

Kieran Kilgallon 

Kieran Kilgallon is a London-based stylist and image maker. Born in rural Ireland, his work is inspired by how women live and the dying traditions of old Ireland that remain a fond memory in Kilgallon’s head. The rising star has made a name for himself by pairing high-end designer looks with wearable sculptures. 

Millen Dang 

Based in New York, Millen Dang is a formidable casting director and scout. With a desire to contribute to the fashion industry from a young age, Dang is behind some of the most original and exciting castings of late. He has been behind the talent chosen by brands such as BAPE and Guess Originals, bringing fresh faces to a sometimes rigid industry. 

The full list of NEW WAVE: creatives can be found here. The final 50 will be celebrated as part of the Fashion Awards 2023, presented by Pandora, on Monday, December 4, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 

Cover image credit: @sarfogh

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