20/02/18 The Duchess of Cambridge Champions Sustainable + Ethical Fashion

London Fashion Week is in full swing, with glitzy parties around every corner and last night it was the turn of royalty as the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed an array of fashion heavyweights including Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour and Stella McCartney to Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

 

Image courtesy: Duchess of Cambridge talks to Edward Enninful, British Vogue editor | Evening Standard

The premise of the exchange is to showcase a new initiative that will see fashion used as a common language and a platform to help people understand the modern Commonwealth in a different way.

Over the past six months, and in the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London this April, high profile fashion designers such as Stella McCartney of the UK, Karen Walker of New Zealand and Bibi Russell of Bangladesh partnered with artisan producers in small nations who exemplify traditional handcraft techniques and trades, with a view to creating a skills exchange.

Image courtesy: Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Stella McCartney | Evening Standard

Creating partnerships between established and emerging talent from across the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries, it has celebrated creativity, sustainable production and manufacturing, trade links and ethical supply chains across the fashion industry, from business and design to textile and fabric design and manufacturing.

 

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The fruits of this partnership were on display last night, with an exhibition showcasing some of the bespoke fashion looks from Commonwealth contemporary fashion designers.