Designs created at a village 12km from Singur in Hooghly district of West Bengal have earned appreciation from Buckingham Palace and an invitation to a “Coronation Big Lunch” in London.
The designer could not take up the invitation because of health reasons but she did attend the coronation reception hosted at Taj Bengal on Saturday, where she got a warm mention from the British deputy high commissioner in his address.
“One of the designers that has contributed to the clothing worn by Their Majesties is from Bengal. Fashion designer Priyanka Mallick from Singur designed a brooch and a dress for this great occasion,” acting British deputy high commissioner Peter Cook announced.
Speaking to The Telegraph later, he said: “She reached out to Buckingham Palace with some of her designs. They liked them and they have made them into some of the dresses and materials being worn by Their Majesties today. We are so delighted to have a Bengal connection for the coronation itself.”
Priyanka reached the reception slightly late after making the 50km-plus journey from Badinan village.
The red rose is the inspiration behind the dress, hat and shoe she designed for Queen Consort Camilla, replete with petals and butterflies. “I chose this as rose is the national flower of England,” she said. For King Charles, she sent the design of a multi-coloured brooch she named the Cosmic Butterfly.
The petite 29-year-old, whose father worked as a pharmacist at a public health centre till his retirement, has entered the world of fashion without stepping out of her village in the Polba-Dadpur block.
“After schooling in Singur, I enrolled in a degree course in the Italian E-Learning Fashion School in Milan in 2015,” Priyanka said.
That proved a turning point. She went on to win an international online design marathon in
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