Her Majesty Presents Inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design

Queen to Visit Royal Academy of Arts


Tuesday 20th February, 2018

Her Majesty will visit London Fashion Week on Tuesday 20th February to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

The Award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who hows exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.

The first recipient of the Award is British fashion designer Richard Quinn.

Richard Quinn is an emerging talent within the United Kingdom who has been recognised for his exceptional prints. Already supplying leading stores around the world, Richard’s ethos of collaboration goes beyond his design business to include the creation of a print studio which offers high quality, accessible services to students and his peer group of emerging designers.

For the past two years Miss Angela Kelly, Personal Advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen’s Wardrobe), has been working on designing an award which The Queen wanted to give in recognition of emerging British fashion talent. The Award, in the name of Queen Elizabeth II, 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.

Her Majesty will be greeted upon arrival at London Fashion Week by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC). The Queen will tour the showrooms to view display and meet 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.

Each year a designer will be selected by the BFC, in collaboration with the Royal Household to be recognised by this Award which will be presented annually by a Member of the Royal Family.

The Award, designed by Angela Kelly, inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose, has been hand-produced by Lucy Price at Bauhinia Studios in Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter.

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