In a rare chance for the world to see the fashion labels that have the royal seal of approval, some of the Queen's favourite clothes brands will go on show on a catwalk at the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
The fashion show, which will form part of a four-day programme for the Coronation Festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Monarch's coronation, will showcase the wares of royal warrant holders and quintessentially British brands.
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Just some of those brands include Savile Row tailors Gieves & Gawkes, Dege & Skinne and Henry Poole & Co, joining warrant holders Daks, Austin Reed, Hunter Boots, Ettinger, John Lewis and Peter Jones.
More unlikely catwalk candidates to take part in the shows are fine china experts Caverswall, Roberts Radio, Bendicks Chocolate and celebrated food and drink experts Partridges, Valvona & Crolla and Charbonel Et Walker.
The long catwalk will blend in with the Gardens, taking the guise of a paved stone garden path adorned with flowers. Benches for the 400-strong audience will give the illusion of crafted topiary hedges.
THE CORONATION FESTIVAL CATWALK SHOWS:
- VINTAGE PICNIC: Capturing the essence of traditional English summer picnics and garden parties, this show will feature the very best in British daywear and classic sports including exquisitely tailored dresses from Royal Couturier Stewart Parvin, Savile Row tailored suits, plus checks, plaids and tweeds from Holland and Holland, Gieves & Hawkes and Kinloch Anderson. It will also include stylish accessories from Launer London Ltd, Roger Pope, Corgi Hosiery, Locke & Co, Lock Couture by Sylvia Fletcher and Ettinger. •
- REINVENTION: This innovative catwalk show will celebrate 60 years of design and technology exploring the concept of ethical fashion by recycling and reinvention. Items from Royal Warrant holders, the likes of Tabasco, Bendicks, , Moet & Chandon, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Royal Brierley Crystal, Bibliophile Ltd, Brinton Carpets, Zimmer and Rohde, Roger Pope, Corgi Hosiery, ASD Metal Services, and Mount Street Printers will be creatively transformed in to stylish new garments. (See images to the right for Brinton Carpet garments) A selection of London designer Joey Bevan’s commissioned Festival pieces will be showcased within the Reinvention show including dresses made from car parts, upholstery and fabrics including Joel and Sons Fabrics, electrical wires and origami. •
- BEST OF BRITISH: Celebrating British lifestyle, pursuits and pastimes, this show celebrates everything from Savile Row suits and the iconic bowler hat (Lock and Co), to the infamous drizzly British weather (to be brought to life by Fulton Umbrellas and Hunter Boots) and British military uniform styles from brands such as Dege & Skinner. Bespoke tailors Johns & Pegg will also be creating a fabulous flag waistcoat for the ‘Best of British’ show. •
- DIAMONDS & PEARLS: This will be a red carpet fashion show, from a ‘day at the races’ to a ‘masquerade ball’. Each garment will be made top to toe, complete with accessories, from Royal Warrant holder products including items from Stewart Parvin, Lock & Co, Lock Couture by Sylvia Fletcher, Mappin and Webb, Veritas, John Lewis / Peter Jones, DAKS, House of Fraser and Launer London Ltd.