The British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that London Fashion Week will relocate to Somerset House, WC2 from September 2009.
The BFC is celebrating its 25th year throughout 2009. During the past 25 years, London Fashion Week has had several homes including Natural History Museum, Duke of York's, Battersea and Olympia. This new partnership with Somerset House will see London Fashion Week, for the first time, located in the heart of London and will allow a new approach to be developed as a legacy for the 25th celebrations.
Harold Tillman, Chairman of the BFC commented "Somerset House is a historic location that will provide a beautiful setting to this cutting edge international trade event.
"We are pleased to be working in partnership with Somerset House to develop London Fashion Week's profile and offer to designers, utilising the architecturally interesting spaces to make the venue our new home."
Gwyn Miles, Director, Somerset House Trust said "Somerset House is pleased to welcome the British Fashion Council as a new cultural partner. London Fashion Week will take up residence here from September 2009, marking a major step forward in our ambition to make Somerset House a genuine creative space for London. Also in September we will be opening a major exhibition by SHOWstudio, opening up the world of fashion to a wide audience. We very much look forward to an exciting future working in collaboration with the British Fashion Council."