The Next #LFW Queen Elizabeth II Award Recipient Announced…
First Richard Quinn, then Bethany Williams, and now…Rosh Mahtani of Alighieri, will be presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen during this season’s London Fashion Week.
The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy and the movement of young designers that are both talented and making a difference to society through either sustainable practices or community engagement.
Mahtani has been recognised for the craftmanship of her jewellery produced in Hatton Garden, for using responsibly sourced materials, promoting local manufacturing and supporting employment.
Alighieri officially launched in 2014. The brand has become known for hand-made gold-plated antique-style designs. The unique pieces are made through the process of lost-wax casting at some of the oldest local suppliers. The brand is firmly rooted in literature and travel and each biannual new collection is based on a different aspect of The Divine Comedy. Just like Dante Alighieri’s subjects, each piece of jewellery is unique, battered and imperfect. People and narrative remain at the heart of the brand; Alighieri has created a community through objects, forged friendships across all cultures through this universal language and celebrated the fact that it’s acceptable to be vulnerable and imperfect.
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO, British Fashion Council (BFC) commented: “We are delighted to announce Rosh Mahtani from Alighieri as the third recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Mahtani has managed to translate her passion for jewellery and storytelling into a highly successful business while using responsibly sourced materials. Her ethical approach and commitment to local manufacturing, combined with her ability to make beautiful, timeless, made by hand jewellery, makes her an inspiration for many young British designers. We are incredibly proud to recognise Mahtani and look forward to seeing her business grow.”
The award, designed by Angela Kelly, will be presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on the final day of London Fashion Week – Tuesday 18th 2020.