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JOCKEYING FOR POSITION: Roksanda Ilincic, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto and Emilia Wickstead have been shortlisted for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund prize in 2013, the British Fashion Council said.

The winner will be announced in London in January 2013 and receive bespoke, high-level mentoring over a 12-month period as well as 200,000 pounds (or $324,200 at current exchange) to help take the designer’s business to the next level.

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Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, said in a statement, “We have an incredibly strong short list of contenders for the fund. It is wonderful to see the impressive talent coming out of London that has reached a stage in their business where they can qualify for the prize.”

Burberry, Harrods, Clothing at Tesco, Debenhams, LF Europe, Paul Smith, Topshop and Vogue sponsor the award. Its past winners have included Erdem Moralioglu, Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane.