HIGH SOCIETY: Professor Helen Storey, of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, joined an ultra-exclusive club on Thursday when she received the honor of Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts.
The accolade is currently held by 200 British designers and is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to design and society. Among this year’s other recipients is the Italian-born, London-based architect Richard Rogers.
The distinction Royal Designer for Industry was established by the RSA in 1936 and is awarded annually to a handful of designers in all disciplines who have achieved sustained design excellence and created work of aesthetic value that is a significant benefit to society.
Members include Terence Conran, Jonathan Ive, James Dyson, Vivienne Westwood and Thomas Heatherwick.
Storey, whose title is professor of fashion and science, was recognized specifically “for pushing the boundaries of fashion and design and making challenging scientific concepts accessible to the public.”
During her career, she has undertaken projects such as Primitive Streak, a collection of 27 dresses that take the viewer through the first 1,000 hours of human life, and Catalytic Clothing, which aims to reduce air pollution using the surface of specially treated clothing.
Professor Frances Corner, head of London College of Fashion, said Storey’s work “has questioned, challenged and inspired for over three decades.” She added that Storey “has successfully brought together the worlds of art and science, producing hybrid projects and products that have broken new and award-winning ground.”