Wales Bonner is the winner of the Independent British Brand Award at the 2022 British Fashion Awards. Designer Grace Wales Bonner received the award from singer Burna Boy, actress Yasmin Finney, and rapper Stormzy.

The ceremony is the primary fundraiser organized by the British Fashion Council, and the Independent British Brand award is given to a British designer whose independent business has made the most notable impact on the fashion industry over the past 12 months.

The 2022 Fashion Awards took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where Adidas Originals and Wales Bonner were pleased to host collaborators including stylist Tom Guinness, photographer Liz Johnson Artur, and models Dennis Okwera, Jonas Gloer, and Selena Forrest. Other special guests included artist Akeem Smith, singer Cat Burns, and the Chief Executive and Fashion Director of Tank Magazine Caroline Issa. Alongside the honored guests dressed in Wales Bonner, co-founder of Dazed Media Jefferson Hack also wore a bespoke suit and hand-crafted jewelry to accept the Special Recognition Award for Cultural Curation.

A Fashion Tribute Salute for Queen Elizabeth II on stage during The Fashion Awards 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall on December 05, 2022, in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BFC/Getty Images for BFC)

“I am really honored to be included in this category. It is wonderful to see the BFC is recognizing the work of independent designers in this way. To be acknowledged in this lineup means so much to me and our team, it’s wonderful and really encouraging. Wales Bonner has always been about bringing an Afro-Atlantic perspective to British or European Luxury and this is what we have been working towards since 2015 when I first established the brand.”

PHOTO ABOVE: Grace Wales Bonner, Burna Boy, and Yasmin Finney. Photo by Joyce Ng.