British clothing designer Stewart Parvin, best known for being Queen Elizabeth II’s couturier, has recently started making medical scrubs for frontline workers in Frimley Park Hospital—the hospital that saved the life of the Countess of Wessex in 2003 during Lady Louise Windsor’s premature birth.
Aside from creating Her Majesty’s outfit for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding last 2018, his clients include many famous women, royal brides and ballerinas all over the world.
In an Instagram post last Apr. 7, the designer thanks Classic Textiles for providing the cloth and materials to create the scrubs. He also announced that several members of his studio have joined him in this endeavor, saying “[We are] very happy to offer what little help we can to our fabulous NHS.”
On Apr. 9, he reported that the first set of scrubs are ready to be delivered to the hospital. In the Instagram post, he calls on members of the community who would like to get involved in creating personal protective equipment (PPE) as home sewers or working space providers. The post also calls on fabric suppliers who would want to donate fabric for further PPE creation.
Thanking the key medical workers, he says, “As ever, our most grateful thanks to all those risking their own health and working tirelessly to look after and protect us all.”
Many fashion houses have engaged in the fight against COVID-19. The British brand Burberry has employed its Yorkshire factory, known primarily for creating trench coats, to supply hospital gowns and masks. They have also made donations to the vaccine research efforts of the University of Oxford. Alteration business The Fashion Workshop has also been creating scrubs for Frimley Park Hospital, using unique printed and patterned cloth as the material.