Princess Anne closed London Fashion Week yesterday (Feb 18), presenting Rosh Mahtani of Hatton Garden jewellers Alighieri with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
Mahtani is the first jewellery designer to be given the prestigious accolade, which recognises designers with exceptional talent and originality, as well as strong community values and sustainable practices.
The jeweller was honoured for her commitment to sustainability and ethical practices, alongside “her unique attention to detail and focus on craftsmanship and community”.
The win is reflective of the fashion industry’s increasing focus on sustainable practices.
Princess Anne presented Rosh Mahtani the award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
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.
The inaugural award was presented to Richard Quinn in February 2018 when The Queen made Her Majesty’s first visit to London Fashion Week. In 2019, the prestigious Award was presented to Bethany Williams by The Duchess of Cornwall.
British Fashion Council chief executive officer, Caroline Rush comments: “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.”
Born in London and raised in Zambia, the founder of Alighieri, Rosh Mahtani, studied French and Italian at Oxford University. Upon graduating in 2012, Mahtani was inspired to create modern heirlooms, born from the literature she had studied such as Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy in particular. With no formal training, and a vehement obsession with the idea of imperfect sculptures, Alighieri was officially launched in 2014.
Alighieri has become known for its hand-made gold-plated antique-style designs. Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted in Hatton Garden. The unique pieces are made through the process of lost-wax casting at some of the oldest local suppliers.
IMAGE CREDIT: Alighieri Instagram