Her Majesty The Queen will visit London Fashion Week this afternoon to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The award was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and will, from now on, be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer, who displays exceptional talent and originality.
Miss Angela Kelly, Personal Advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen’s Wardrobe), has been working on designing the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, which The Queen has wanted to give in recognition of emerging British fashion talent. The Queen Elizabeth II Award aims to provide continuing recognition of the cultural and trade role the British design and fashion industry has played, and continues to play, throughout Her Majesty’s reign. The award itself was designed by Angela Kelly, inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose, and has been hand-produced by Lucy Price at Bauhinia Studios in Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter.
Her Majesty The Queen will be greeted upon arrival at London Fashion Week by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC). Her Majesty will then tour the showrooms to view the display and to meet with designers, including the ‘New Gen’ group – a BFC initiative that supports emerging talent. Her Majesty will view Richard Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
The fashion week in London takes place from 16 to 20 February 2018 and showcased designers’ Autumn Winter 2018 (AW18) collections. The BFC presided over all the organisation of the week-long shows and events.