- Participation 2019/20
Sarah Mower, a renowned fashion critic and columnist for publications including American Vogue, is internationally acclaimed for her forthright and decisive critiques. A passionate advocate of emerging British talent, Mower’s prolific support for young British designers has been an instrumental force behind the rise of talents such as Christopher Kane , Erdem, Mary Katrantzou , JW Anderson, Jonathan Saunders , Meadham Kirchhoff and Simone Rocha . In 2009 the journalist was appointed as the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent. Also serving as co-chair of the BFC Newgen Committee since 2009 and a founding member of the London Showrooms, Mower plays a significant role in raising the profile of the British fashion industry within the global community.
Mower’s career in fashion began after winning the British Vogue Talent Contest whilst studying at the University of Leeds. Moving to London in the early ’80s, Mower began working for Ms London magazine under its editor Alison Rice before securing a position as fashion editor at the Guardian. Mower has since worked for prominent publications such as US Harper’s Bazaar and The Times, and pens regular columns for American and Japanese editions of Vogue. A highly-respected figure within the fashion industry, Mower has served as a guest professor at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art and Design.
Mower is also actively involved in fashion education, guided by the concern for talent from every background to have the chance to participate in the industry. In 2015 she became a trustee of the British Fashion Council Education Foundation, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Westminster University in 2016, and an Honorary Doctorate by the Academy of Art University of California in 2017.
In 2011 Mower was awarded an MBE in recognition of her influential contributions. She has also published several books including “20 Years: Dolce & Gabbana” and “Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion.”