For the first time in its ancient history of over 400 years, St. James' Palace?
For the first time in its ancient history of over 400 years, St. James' Palace in London, UK, was the scene of a fashion show, Feb 28. The display of spring and summer clothes - chosen by members of the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers from their current collections - was to raise money for the Edwina Mountbatten Trust.
The Trust (in memory of the late Countess mountbatten of Burma) will aid three charities in which she had a deep interest: The St. John Ambulance Brigade, the Save the Children Fund and the Royal College of Nursing. The St. John Brigade men and women give voluntary services in first-aid in Britain and the Commonwealth; the children's fund is a world-wide voluntary organization working for children in need whatever their race, nationality, colour or creed; and the Royal College of Nursing was established in 1916 to improve and standardize conditions of nurse training and service, and to provide further educational facilities for trained nurses.
The fashions were filmed at the preview - among the audience later was the Duchess of Kent. They were in two sections, day and evening wear, and were by the following designers: Ronald Paterson, Charles Creed, Matteli, Lachasse, Hardy Amies, Michael Sherard, John Cavanagh, Michael, Norman Hartnell and Victor Stiebel.