Britain is famous around the world for the creative vision of its fashion designers, its refined Savile Row tailoring, its shoemakers, milliners - not forgetting its fine wool fabrics and yarn. Since 1945, fashion has grown to become a major national industry. Today it employs about a million people and contributes directly some £21 billion to the UK economy.
This issue showcases the very best of post-war fashion, featuring the innovative fashion houses that have put the UK in the top rank of world fashion design, and showcasing a prime example of each selected designer's work, including Tommy Nutter's suit for Beatle Ringo Starr and Vivienne Westwood's 1993 Harlequin dress, famously modeled by Naomi Campbell.
The idea for the issue came from the British Design Classics stamps of 2009, which featured the stylish chic of Mary Quant's daring mini skirt. This proved to be one of the most popular of the ten stamps featured in the issue; prompting the decision to dedicate an entire issue to Britain's world-class designers.