We were delighted to see our fabulous designer Stewart Parvin receive his MVO medal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday (01/03/16). He was presented with the award by Her Majesty the Queen, who gave Stewart the ultimate compliment, by wearing Stewart Parvin to honour Stewart Parvin!!
We have shared below the Telegraph article written about this fabulous occasion – Enjoy!
The Queen will invest many hundreds of people with honours this year, but only one of them will be able to say they designed the dress she wore to give them their award.
Stewart Parvin, the Queen’s dressmaker for the past nine years, has been rewarded for his loyal service by being made a member of the Royal Victorian Order in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty paid him the ultimate compliment by choosing a purple patterned day dress by Mr Parvin for the occasion.
Mr Parvin, who works with the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly to create some of Her Majesty’s most memorable outfits, said his job was “very easy” because the Queen looks “wonderful” in any outfit.
The RVO is given by the Queen to people who have served her or the monarchy in a personal way. It is bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street.
Mr Parvin said after the investiture ceremony: “I’m hugely humbled and very grateful and very proud to receive it.”
Speaking about creating outfits for the Queen, he added: “Designing for someone who looks so wonderful in [any] clothes is very easy.”
Asked whether he or the monarch chooses the bold colours she sometimes wears, he replied: “It’s a mutual decision”.
Mr Parvin, 48, originally from Ascot, Berks., studied fashion at the Edinburgh College of Art and went on to work for the couturier Donald Campbell before setting up the Stewart Parvin label in 1995.
He was originally approached by the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly before the Golden Jubilee, to find a more contemporary approach to the monarch’s wardrobe.
During his time as dressmaker to the Queen he has created a range of dresses, from the silk crepe state evening gown the monarch wore at a state banquet in honour of US president Barack Obama, to outfits for Royal Ascot.
Mr Parvin is also a bridal designer and was chosen to create Zara Tindall’s ivory silk bridal gown for her wedding in 2011.
Also honoured at the investiture was Falklands War veteran Simon Weston, who overcame terrible burns to become a tireless charity campaigner.
He was awarded the CBE for his services to charity.
He said: “It’s not something you do to be recognised, the charity work, so to be recognised when there are so many incredible people out there is just a real honour.
“Having had an OBE I thought that would be the end of it, but I’m absolutely thrilled.”