Jeff Banks (Designer amongst other roles),
Professor Frances Marie Corner (Head of London College of Fashion)
Natalie Massenet (Founder and Chair of Net-A-Porter.com)
Safia Laila Minney (Founder and Director of People Tree)
...who have all been honoured in the Queen's 2009 Birthday Honours List for services to the Fashion Industry and, also for services to Charity and services to Fair Trade for Jeff Banks and Safia Minney respectively.
Fashionista is thrilled to see that leaders in her favourite industry are being recognised so highly for the work they do - and across such a broad spectrum: design; education; charity; sales; and ethical sourcing to bring green issues to light.
This is such a great honour and illustrates the importance of the fashion industry to our economy now more than ever. Hopefully this will encourage aspiring young designers to keep doing what they do to help: their image; the image of those they dress; and the image of the UK fashion industry more generally. Fashionista remembers a time when, looking at "fashion", you would only look to France and Italy. Fashionista holds her head up proudly as we are now leading the charge, with so many British designers and retailers headlining the industry. Congratulations to all.