Best of British Fashion at the Coronation Festival
A 400 seat raised catwalk surrounded by a bed of flowers was the location for a series of unique fashion shows at the Coronation Festival. They each told the story of British fashion and iconic style over the past sixty years, showcasing companies that have been awarded the prestigious Royal Warrant of Appointment. Themes included Uniforms, Suited and Booted, Hunting, Shooting & Fishing, Balmoral and James Bond.
All focused on the craftsmanship of fine tailoring and beautiful materials from around the UK whether from Henry Poole in Savile Row or Kinloch Anderson in Scotland. (Photographs of the catwalk at Coronation Festival)The trees were wonderful and made for a magical setting accompanied by great British music ranging from The Clash ‘London’s Calling’ to Noel Coward ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’, Moby, the Beatles and Mumford and Sons. A wonderful show produced like a piece of art by Lindsey Hunt and Claire Ginzler. It made you feel proud to be from a country that accommodates so many styles and attitudes to life whilst respecting design heritage. (Diamonds and Pearls catwalk at Coronation Festival)To be a successful brand over decades, innovation and creativity is all part of the process. For the Reinvention catwalk show stylist and designer Joey Bevan created unique, elegant and stylish garments based on the Coronation Festival themes of Home & Garden, Style, Pursuit and Past times and Food and Drink using materials and products supplied by various Royal Warrant Holders.
There was also a nod to sustainability and recycling. Tea, Coffee, Carpets, Curtains, Royal Mail stamps, paper and logos were all part of the rich mix. (Photographs of Reinvention dresses by Joey Bevan at Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace Gardens)Given the nod to sustainability, the magical setting of the Buckingham Palace Gardens, natural canopy of ancient trees with dappled light shimmering through the leaves made it an even more stunning location.