For more updates about the The BoF 500 subscribe to the Daily Digest newsletter

For more updates about the The BoF 500 subscribe to the Daily Digest newsletter

{alt missing} Courtesy of British Fashion Council

Caroline Rush

Chief Executive, British Fashion Council

The career publicist is credited with increasing the visibility and importance of London Fashion Week on the international circuit.


As chief executive of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush oversees the British fashion industry’s activities within the domestic and international markets, providing integral support for emerging and established designers and attracting foreign buyers and investors. Since her appointment to the role in 2009, Rush has been widely credited with playing an instrumental role in developing London Fashion Week into a prime event on the international fashion calendar by establishing its coveted status as one of the "Big Four" fashion weeks.

Rush has also positioned the British fashion industry as a hotbed for emerging design talent propelled by rising stars such as Christopher Kane , Mary Katrantzou , Erdem, and J.W. Anderson. She has also spearheaded London Fashion Week’s digital innovation, having introduced the first livestream in 2009 on the BFC website. By 2012, London Fashion Week had partnered with Youtube and Righster to livestream over 21 individual showcases and for Spring/Summer 2014 had also partnered with leading bloggers to stream fashion news onto digital screens in London’s underground stations.

Having initially pursued an art course, Rush established her career in public relations and marketing in the early ‘90s in Manchester. In 1998, hired by Annette Worsley-Taylor Associates, Rush began her long-term collaboration with the British Fashion Council, providing creative and marketing solutions for London Fashion Week. In 2002 Rush launched public relations company Crush Communications, serving as managing director and overseeing the council’s press office for all initiatives, including the British Fashion Awards, as well as providing strategic public relations advice. Having joined the council in an official capacity in 2009, Rush immediately oversaw the council’s relocation to Somerset House in central London and as part of the 25th anniversary celebration, contacted established British brand’s such as Temperley, Pringle of Scotland, Jonathon Saunders, Matthew Williamson and Burberry to help reassert the industry’s prominence.

Other 25th Anniversary legacy projects that Rush has implemented include the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and the BFC/Elle Talent Launch Pad. The marketing professional also oversees the British Fashion Awards — recently re-branded as "The Fashion Awards" — one of the most highly recognised award ceremonies within the industry and in her capacity as chief executive has also played an instrumental role in liaising with colleges and with government to help extend visas for foreign students who demonstrate talent in fashion and technology.


Crush Communications

Crush Communications

2002 - 2009

Annette Worsley Taylor Associates

Annette Worsley Taylor Associates

1998 - 2002

Vital Statistics


United Kingdom

United Kingdom
Member since

Similar Profiles

Stephanie Phair

Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, British Fashion Council & Farfetch

Sarah Mower

Chief Critic,

Natalie Massenet

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Imaginary Ventures

What is The BoF 500?

The people shaping the global fashion industry, curated by the editors of The Business of Fashion, based on nominations and on-the-ground intelligence from around the world.