Clowes goes Royal Winter 85

For my winter collection 1985 I decided to use the Daisy print that I’d used for the summer collection. I printed it in gold on black velvet. That’s the wonderful thing about silk screen printing. If you have an image on a screen you can pull whatever colour you want onto whatever fabric you choose and totally change the mood. The metallic print of the daisy stood away from the gleaming dense black panne velvet as if embossed giving the feel of antique Renaissance robes. The fabric was styled into jackets, leggings, long sheath dresses and hats. I’d never designed hats before and the hat styles opened up a whole new feature into the collection. In March 1985 I was invited to participate in a Gala fashion show called Salute to British Style held in the historical Great Hall in the Guidhall, London. The Great Hall, with its high stone columns and great gothic arches has been used to entertain royalty and state visitors down the centuries. Princess Anne attended as the venue was in aid of the Save the Children Fund. The audience was made up of distinguished guests and the collections shown were mainly from established traditional shops such as Pringle, Jaeger, Burberrys, Austin Reed, and Aquascutum. My collection came down runway together with ensembles from couture salons favoured by royalty of the time: Sir Hardy Amies – the Queen’s dressmaker – Frank Usher, Patricia Lester M.B.E. and Murray Arbeid, dressmaker for Lady Diana. All were couturiers that catered for State occasions; an era where dressmaking wasn’t only an industry but an art form. I was bowled over to have been invited to participate alongside such renowned British names and even more when I received orders from Harrods as a result of such a prestigious show.

Hardy Amies

Murray Arbeid