The Duchess of Cambridge becomes latest royal to present the Queen’s coveted British Design award

Now though, it is at last the turn of the Duchess of Cambridge, considered one of the most stylish stars of the Royal Family. Arriving at the Design Museum this afternoon, she wore an emerald green belted dress by Canadian designer Edeline Lee, showing off her sartorial know-how. 

After being greeted by the British Fashion Council’s chief executive Caroline Rush, she was ushered inside to meet the designers, who have been recipients of the British Fashion Council’s designer initiatives; NEWGEN, Fashion Trust and BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion fund and BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund.

Models backstage at Saul Nash’s Autumn/Winter 2022 collection 

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This year’s winner is Saul Nash, a multi-faceted choreographer, movement director and designer, whose collections bridge the gap between menswear and sportswear. After launching his eponymous brand in 2018, he showed for three seasons at Fashion East, Lulu Kennedy’s platform for emerging designers, before going it alone in 2021. Already highly decorated with awards despite his young age, the 29-year-old only last week won the 2022 International Woolmark Prize, and has previously been named a LVMH Prize 2021 semi-finalist, a NEWGEN recipient and a member of Highsnobiety’s THE NEXT 20 list. 

‘We are delighted to announce Saul Nash as the fifth recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design,’ said Rush. ‘Nash has a unique way of combining function, tech and tailoring in his design practice which has resulted in a new take on luxe sportswear. His work explores the relationship between performance and menswear and is often showcased through beautiful and show-stopping choreography. We are incredibly proud to recognise Saul and look forward to seeing his brand grow.’


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