Britain’s post offices have just gotten a lot more chic after the Royal Mail released a collection of ten stamps featuring the work of iconic British fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith.
Shot by renowned fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo, the first-class stamps will add a touch of style to any envelopes they’re stuck on, but they also carry an important message about Britain’s place in fashion history. Sir Norman Hartnell, for example, designed clothes for Queen Elizabeth II that helped inspire Christian Dior’s New Look, and the influential boutique Granny Takes a Trip counted The Beatles and the Rolling Stones among its first customers.
Commenting about the collection, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson Philip Parker said; “Britain is famous around the world for the creative vision of its fashion designers, from the glamour and sophistication of Norman Hartnell, the punk influence of Vivienne Westwood, through to the world-class designs of Alexander McQueen. British fashion has grown to become a major national industry. It employs about a million people and contributes directly some £21 billion to the UK economy. So it is an honour to be able to pay homage to some of the designers who made the industry what it is today.”