Duchess of Cambridge Backs Sustainable Fashion Initiative

London Fashion Week is about to have a royal presence.

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange announced Thursday that a collaborative fashion show will be held at Buckingham Palace. Created by Livia Firth’s brand consultancy Eco-Age and partnered with Swarovski and Matches Fashion, the project is also supported by the British Fashion Council.

Designers from the 52 Commonwealth countries, including Stella McCartney and Burberry for the U.K. and Bibi Russell for Bangladesh, will collaborate to showcase exclusive sustainable looks for the exchange held on Feb. 19.

Kate Middleton, who will be hosting the reception, backs the initiative. Also in attendance will be Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

“Sadly, today the industry is dominated by rapid markets and decentralised supply chains producing high volumes of cheap clothes through an overwhelmingly female, low-wage workforce,” Firth said of the fashion industry.

“By utilising the commonwealth… and through the potential of the artisan fashion trade (which will be highlighted in the exhibition) we can have a positive impact on female empowerment and poverty reduction.”

The London Fashion Week presentation will be available to view online via matchesfashion.com and Google Arts & Culture. Afterward, the exhibition will be on display at London’s Australia House before heading to New York in September.

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