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Christopher Bailey Names Fashion Fringe Finalists

The competition’s winner will be awarded a two-year development package to set up and sustain his or her business.

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BAILEY NAMES FASHION FRINGE FINALISTS: Christopher Bailey hosted a reception at Burberry’s headquarters in London Tuesday night to reveal the three finalists of the U.K.’s Fashion Fringe program, of which Bailey is chairman and judge for 2012.

He named Haizhen Wang, Teija Eilola and Vita Gottlieb as this year’s finalists in the competition, which was set up to discover and support emerging design talent.

The three designers will now be mentored by figures in the fashion industry, including the teams at Burberry, “to get some immersion into how a big company works,” said Bailey. The finalists will also be provided with financial support and studios at the London College of Fashion to create the collections that they will show during Fashion Fringe’s show at London Fashion Week in September. There, Bailey will select one designer as the competition’s winner, who will be awarded a two-year development package to set up and sustain his or her business.