London Fashion Week
LFW's origins date back to fashion promotions in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when Annette Worsley-Taylor instigated the New Wave for designers at the Ritz Hotel. But it did not officially exist as a centralised event until the BFC was formed and the PR guru Lynne Franks masterminded a fashion tent at the Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in 1984.
Cyril Kern, a British retailer and chairman of the first council, remembers the plan was to unite the fragmented areas of activity and begin turning Britain from "an anonymous exporter" of clothes into a brand to capitalise on "heritage with a twist".
"It wasn't Cool Brittania," he says. "But it was a good start."
Today, LFW is a bi-annual event, which generates more than £100 million each season in worldwide business, and editorials worth more than £50 million in Britain alone. It is the flagship for an export industry that may have shrunk, but is still worth £7 billion a year.
LFW is a platform for established labels, and a finishing school for the annual talent youthfest. It attracts intrepid foreign press and buyers because they know they are likely to spot the 'Next Big Thing' here