Fashion Awards 2022 presented by the Diet Coke trophy designed by Yinka Ilori, featuring a SkyDiamond

Fashion Awards 2022 presented by the Diet Coke trophy designed by Yinka Ilori, featuring a SkyDiamond

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to be working with multidisciplinary artist and designer Yinka Illori, ethical and eco-friendly jewelery company SkyDiamond and glass design studio The Glass Foundry to create the trophy for The Fashion Awards 2022 presented by Diet Coke. The event takes place on Monday 5 December 2022, returning to the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The trophy, which displays Yinka Ilori’s signature work with colour, is made of multi-coloured glass spears representing the many creative roles in the fashion industry, a story of the power of fashion at the intersection of culture. New this year, each trophy is embedded with an ethical and environmentally friendly diamond made conflict-free using renewable energy from SkyDiamond.

The trophy, which was produced by hand at The Glass Foundry in the Cotswolds, highlights the need for creative collaboration and eco-innovation and demonstrates how design can bring communities together and have a positive impact on society, evoking a sense of joy and optimism.

Yinka Illori, multidisciplinary artist and designer said: “Working with SkyDiamond and The Glass Foundry, we have built a sculptural trophy made of clustered glass. The trophy represents the energy and synergy between designers and celebrates a sense of togetherness. This trophy also symbolizes the power of culture

seen in today’s industry. It is a celebration of the designers who recognize and honor their individualism and heritage through their work. I hope that it will serve as a powerful message to all the winners.” Dale Vince OBE, founder of SkyDiamond said: “This is the first time in the history of the awards that each individual trophy has been embedded with a diamond. And not just any diamond but a diamond made from heaven. SkyDiamonds are the rarest diamonds on the planet which makes the trophies even more unique.”

Fiaz Elson, The Glass Foundry founder said: “‘We are proud to realize this amazing design, showcasing the unique properties of glass as a natural material and working with SkyDiamond to create beautiful objects that don’t cost the earth.”

Yinka Ilori is a multidisciplinary artist and designer whose bold visual language draws on his British-Nigerian heritage to convey new narratives through contemporary design. Drawing on Nigerian Parables

and verbal traditions, Ilori touches on a range of themes that resonate with a global audience. His work is underpinned by the belief that art and design should be accessible to everyone.

SkyDiamond is the creation of entrepreneur and environmentalist Dale Vince. Based in the Cotswolds, SkyDiamond uses a revolutionary process, which mines the sky for atmospheric carbon and turns it into real diamonds at their UK facility using renewable energy. SkyDiamond is the world’s only carbon-negative diamond through design and not compensating.

The Glass Foundry is a full service glass design studio in the Cotswolds, with 20 years of collaborative practice. Led by glass artist, sculptor Fiaz Elson, with collaborators in interior design, architectural design and landscaping; the foundry realizes creative applications in glass material for a wide range of industries.

The Fashion Awards presented by Diet Coke raise funds for the BFC Foundation (registered charity number: 1185152) which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on talent, education, grants and business mentoring and aims to improve equality and opportunity so that the fashion industry remains diverse and open to all, helping talented designers at all stages of their careers from school level to becoming a global fashion brand. In the 2021/2022 financial year, the BFC transferred over £1.3 million in funding to designers and scholars.

The generosity and commitment of our partners, suppliers and supporters is more important than ever. Please help us by acknowledging your support along with our main partner: Diet Coke; Official Partners: Getty Images, Malfy Gin, Moët & Chandon, Royal Salute and The Londoner for their ongoing support.

Read more about the Fashion Awards 2022 here.

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