First-class fashion courtesy of the Royal Mail: Ten new stamps celebrating British style unveiled
07:52 GMT, 15 May 2012
When it comes to fashion, Britain has it licked.
So to celebrate the nation’s influence on the world, Royal Mail has unveiled a set of stamps featuring great clothes designs of our time.
The ten first-class stamps include Dame Vivienne Westwood’s famous multi-coloured tartan ‘harlequin’ dress, modelled by Naomi Campbell in 1993.
Scroll down for video
Iconic: Royal Mail is celebrating British fashion, including Dame Vivienne's dress, above, with ten new first class stamps
Classic: A blue Paul Smith suit is one of the designs in the ten-stamp set
There is also a gaudy golden gown
from Zandra Rhodes’s 1981 Elizabethan collection and Tommy Nutter’s
black-and-white checked suit, created especially for Ringo Starr.
Royal Mail said it wanted to pay
homage to an industry which employs about a million people and
contributes some 21billion to the UK economy.
It was advised on the collection by fashion experts from the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Each stamp – shot by photographer
Solve Sundsbo – features a different faceless model wearing a well-known
design from 1945 to the present day.
One of the more unusual creations is
an ensemble from Alexander McQueen’s Horn of Plenty collection with
head-to-toe black duck feather decoration.
Also featured are designs by Ossie Clark, Paul Smith, and Norman Hartnell, who dressed the Queen for her wedding and coronation.
Tommy Nutter's suit for Beatle Ringo Starr, was recreated especially for the shoot
A gown from Zandra Rhodes' Elizabethan Collection shown in Autumn/Winter 1981 (left) and a design from Norman Hartnell who dressed the Queen for her wedding and coronation (right)
Philip Parker, Royal Mail stamps
spokesman, said: ‘Britain is famous around the world for the creative
vision of its fashion designers, from the glamour and sophistication of
Norman Hartnell, the punk influence of Vivienne Westwood, through to
the world-class designs of Alexander McQueen.
‘British fashion has grown to become a
major national industry. So it is an honour to be able to pay homage to
some of the designers who made the industry what it is today.
The ten designs will go on sale tomorrow priced at 6.00 for a complete set.
Sundsbo has previously created campaigns for Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Gucci, Herms, Bally and Armani.
He also branched out into short films, teaming up with Alexander McQueen to produce a piece for the Florence Biennale.
Hardy Amies once said: 'A woman's day clothes must look equally good at Salisbury Station as the Ritz bar'
A wrap dress from Jean Muir, who was part of the British design revolution of the 1960s (left) and Alexander McQueen's Horn of Plenty ensemble from autumn / winter 2009-10 featuring black duck feathers (right)
Since 1945, fashion has grown to
become a major industry and today it employs about a million people,
contributing 21 billion to the UK economy.
The idea for the new issue came from the British Design Classics stamps of 2009, which featured Mary Quant's daring mini skirt.
This proved to be one of the most coveted of the ten stamps prompting
the decision to dedicate an entire issue to Britain's world-class