HRH Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) and HRH Sophie (the Countess of Wessex) have jointly hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange - an event that showcases established and upcoming fashion talent from all 33 countries of the Commonwealth.
The project - created and managed by Eco-Age, with support of the Commonwealth Fashion Council and the British Fashion Council, and in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and Matchesfashion.com - is a celebration of sustainable fashion, and its use as a platform for change.
The first looks from the participant designers - including Nigeria's Nkwo - were showcased at a special reception that took place at Buckingham Palace, during which
the Duchess and the Countess of Wessex engaged the clothiers. The Duchess chatted with Nkwo, saying she had been fascinated to learn about the beading process of her designs, and how long it had taken her to complete.
The designs were later displayed at Australia House in London, and will appear in other locations across the city, where the exhibition will be open to the public in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April.
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange will also have a dedicated platform on Google Arts and Culture, giving a global audience access to the looks in an online exhibition, along with the stories of these extraordinary partnerships and a directory full of additional resources.
Says Livia Firth, Eco-Age founder: “Fashion is a huge weapon, because we are all connected to the clothes we wear. By utilising the Commonwealth… and through the potential of the artisan fashion trade, we can have a positive impact on female empowerment and poverty reduction.”
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