The Prime Minister, Theresa May, hosted a reception at Downing Street last week to celebrate London Fashion Week and Britain’s global fashion industry.
The reception was attended by guests including Anna Wintour, Alice Temperley, Christopher Kane, Molly Goddard, and other designers, models, and fashion brand CEOs.
London Fashion Week welcomed guests from over 50 countries and the fashion industry contributes £32 billion to the economy and employs over 890,000 people. Fashion exports have risen to £11.3 billion over the last year.
The government will also be supporting the LONDON show ROOMS event this week in Paris, at which emerging British designers are given the chance to promote themselves outside London.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“For years, London Fashion Week has showcased the best known names in British fashion as well as the industry’s emerging talent and this year has been no exception.
“British fashion is a serious business. The industry as a whole contributes £32 billion to our economy, employs over 890,000 people, and totals billions of pounds worth of exports. Our designers sit at the helm of global brands and we lead the world in design and digital innovation with names such as Net-a-Porter, ASOS and Farfetch all launching in the UK.
“I want to see us continue this success as we build a new future for a global Britain where our fashion industry can thrive.”
In further support of the fashion industry the British government has expanded the exceptional talent visa to more global fashion designers and is investing £150 million in creative businesses.