The Commonwealth Fashion Initiative will see all 52 countries come together to encourage new partnerships and sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Burberry and New Zealand’s Karen Walker will team up with artisan producers in developing countries to create a one of a kind eco-friendly outfit, which will go on display at a reception held at Buckingham Palace on February 19th.
The event, which is managed by Eco-Age and has the support of the Commonwealth Fashion Council and the British Fashion Council, will be hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who is the patron of the London College of Fashion.
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‘The initiative uses fashion as a common language and platform to help people understand the modern Commonwealth in a different way,’ Buckingham Palace revealed in a statement. ‘The reception at Buckingham Palace will showcase the best of Commonwealth contemporary fashion and creativity with an exhibition of some of the bespoke fashion ‘looks’ which are the result of these exchanges.’
For those of us who don’t snag an invite to what will doubtless prove one of the most popular events of London Fashion Week, the collection will be open to the public at Australia House on 21st February.
‘In an industry estimated to be worth more than £120 billion, sustainability is a major concern,’ said the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, the Commonwealth’s secretary-general, speaking to Vogue. ‘It’s a challenge and an opportunity for all involved in the fashion sector, and the focus of this project is on supporting sustainable designers and artisans, and on our Commonwealth priorities of gender equality, ethical production and supply chains, innovation, economic growth and poverty reduction.’