For immediate release: 10 September 2018
A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH EMBOIDERY: FASHION SHOW AT ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL FEATURING SOME OF THE UK’S LEADING FASHION DESIGNERS
On 11 September, the Worshipful Company of Broderers is hosting a fashion evening in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate British embroidery. The event will feature the works from leading designers Bruce Oldfield, Zandra Rhodes, Clements Ribiero, Elizabeth Emanuel, Jasper Conran and Beulah together with designers from Fine Cell Work.
Guests will have the opportunity to see first-hand the use of embroidery in the collections of this group of esteemed designers. All the proceeds from the event will go to support the work of three fantastic charities; Fine Cell Work, The Royal School of Needlework and The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities.
Fine Cell Work encourages embroidery in prisons. Fine Cell Work operates in over 30 British prisons with about 500 inmates engaged in any one year as well as providing post-prison support at their textiles hub at Battersea.
The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court teaches the highest standards for hand embroidery with over 300 students on certificate diploma or degree courses and a further 1300 students on short courses of various kinds.
The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities is located in Great Bookham Surrey and is historically known as The School for Stitchery and Lace. The Grange supports people with learning disabilities providing both accommodation and skills training in a wide range of crafts including embroidery.
Sir Christopher Bellamy, master of the Broderers commented: “The Broderers are an ancient City of London livery company set up over 450 years ago to promote the art of embroidery, which is frequently used in the world of fashion. The show hosted by the Broderers on 11 September will demonstrate how the use of embroidery can enhance beautiful clothing to dazzling effect when applied by the wonderful group of top fashion designers who will be displaying some of their clothes in the iconic setting of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Elizabeth Emanuel: “I am delighted to be part of this wonderful evening to celebrate the craft of embroidery, which is so important to my work and the fashion industry. It is a great opportunity to showcase the work of leading British designers and raise money for these fantastic charities.
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