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Foreign Office showcases GREAT British Fashion during London Fashion Week

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The Foreign Office hosted Vivienne Westwood's Red Label show, part of London Fashion Week, which runs until 18 September.

This was an exciting event as part of the GREAT Campaign, which showcases why Britain is a world-class destination for tourism, trade and investment and education. Vivienne Westwood has been a strong supporter of the campaign, particularly in highlighting British creative excellence. Successful Red Label shows have already taken place this year in the British Ambassadors’ Residences in Tokyo and Beijing.

Thanks to the talent, creativity and skills of our world-class designers, the British fashion industry is an important part of our economy, contributing over £20 billion each year. Fashion is GREAT!

See the show highlights in this video:

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The setting for this show was the Durbar Court, at the heart of the India Office, designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt, and first used in 1867 for a reception for the Sultan of Turkey. The name ‘Durbar Court’ dates from 1902 when some of the coronation celebrations of King Edward VII were held there.

This weekend (22 & 23 September) the Foreign Office will open its doors to the public as part of the Open House London architectural festival. Visitors can tour the historic Fine rooms including the Durbar Court and hear about the formation of the office and the symbolic importance of this building in Britain’s past.