Royal Visit to London luxury garment manufacturer
HRH The Princess Royal visited Park Royal in northwest London to meet with luxury womenswear manufacturer and UK Fashion & Textile Association member Gosha London in October, in her role as President of UKFT.
Her Royal Highness met with Gosha employees as well as luxury loungewear designer Paula Wilson and head of production and development at Dubai-based womenswear brand Kristina Fidelskaya. She was presented with a gown made with a blend of luxurious silk and rare Escorial designed by Paula Wilson and manufactured by Gosha London, with each employee part of its creation from cutting through to stitching and hand finishing.
Director Mustafa Fuat is a passionate champion of the UK garment manufacturing industry and is keen to raise the profile of the sector to ensure it attracts new talent for the future.
“As manufacturers, often our input into the UK’s wonderful fashion industry goes under the radar. The industry is focused overwhelmingly on the designers and fashion shows, rather than on the manufacturing that makes these shows and designs possible. The public (and even industry) can often be unaware that these garments are made in the UK.”
Mustafa Fuat, Director of Gosha London
In recognition of the skills and talent within UK fashion and textile manufacturing, this year Her Royal Highness has embarked on a series of visits, from central London to County Down, Northern Ireland.
UKFT is working closely with the industry, as well as lobbying Government, to ensure that we create the right conditions for businesses like Gosha London to thrive.
As the Sector Skills Body for fashion and textiles, UKFT is also working to secure more training and investment in the industry.
“Manufacturers like Gosha demonstrate some of the highly-prized skills we have here in the UK and it is fantastic that Her Royal Highness was given a chance to see some of the intricate techniques used to create iconic dresses seen regularly on celebrities, royals and on the catwalks in all the major fashion capitals of the world.
“UKFT is working hard to raise the profile of these skills and to highlight how a career in fashion can extend in different ways beyond design.”
Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT