THOMAS CRISP is the winner of the British Fashion Council’s MA Scholarship – the first menswear focused designer to be given the accolade. The scheme aims to provide financial help to BA graduates who wish to carry on with their studies.

“The BFC MA Scholarship award is really amazing and I’m extremely happy. Without this funding from the British Fashion Council, I would not have the opportunity to study at MA level and develop my designs,” said Crisp.

An impressive panel, including BFC Colleges Council chair Anne Tyrrell, BFC chief executive Caroline Rush, VOGUE.COM editor Dolly Jones, Harvey Nichols buying director Averyl Oates, and Stephen Ayres – menswear buying manager of Liberty – chose from a shortlist of young designers. Crisp will undertake his MA Fashion Menswear course at the Royal College of Art.

“There was an incredible line-up of graduates applying for the Scholarship award this year,” said Tyrrell. “Thomas was clearly the strongest candidate and the panel believed he would really benefit and make good use from a further two year MA course. A previous winner of the scholarship is Erdem, who went on to win the inaugural BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and has gone on to become a world star and designer brand.”