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Raja Permaisuri attends London Islamic Fashion Festival Charity Gala Dinner
LONDON: Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah last night graced the Islamic Fashion Festival Charity Gala Dinner held at the world renowned Natural History Museum.
The dinner showcased collections by eight designers from Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia.
Tuanku Haminah was accompanied by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and patron of the IFF.
The occasion marked a cornerstone for the IFF as it was the first time that it was held with the infusion of charity.
The Charity Gala Dinner was held in aid of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and the Wessex Youth Trust.
The Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, co-founder of the Wessex Youth Trust, set up to help, support and advance registered charities which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people, was also present.
Representing Tourism Malaysia, one of the key supporters of the event, was its human resources director Wan Zawawi Mohamed and IFF staunch supporter, Monaco ambassador to the United Kingdom Evelyn Genta.
In her speech, Rosmah said it was her hope that the IFF continues to provide a platform for designers to extend their creativity in the realms of fashion that would represent the very essence of the Islamic culture as well as traditions.
“This, we hope, will encourage more designers, Muslims and non-Muslims, to actively participate in creating apparels of modesty that fit the times.”
Rosmah said she also hoped that IFF would generate the message that Islamic fashion can be “just as trendy, just as colourful and just as stylish as mainstream fashion”.
Models wearing collections by the IFF designers showed off the stunning and arresting collections as they sashayed around the 26-metre cast of a Diplodocus, in the opulence of the Central Hall of the Natural History Museum.