Bethany Williams showcased her third collection at London Fashion Week. Bold abstract prints emblazoned on garments attracted attention, but it was Williams’s social contribution that demanded unequivocal notice. As the recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Award for Positive Change, the designer opinions fashion as a means to social betterment, and her eponymous label proves to promote societal change. For her previous collections, the designer employed women in Downview Prison and clients of San Patrignano rehabilitation center to work on production. The designer has continued her collaborative and social enterprising efforts in the creation of her most recent collection. Williams partnered with Adelaide House, a Liverpool based shelter that supports women leaving prison and escaping domestic violence. Faces of residents were etched onto sustainably-sourced fabrics, figuratively elevating those often stigmatized by society onto a prestigious stage, the runway. Bethany Williams’s artisanship shows designers and consumers alike their is no need to sacrifice the beauty of fashion to spark change with sartorial contributions.
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