The Order of the British Empire has honored several fashion designers as officers this week. Alice Temperley, shoe designer Beatrix Ong and Tanya Sarne of Ghost and Handwritten were all honored Queen's New Year Honours list. Designer Katherine Hamnett of 1980's fame was made a commander.
What exactly is this award? It is an order of chivalry, founded by King George V. It has several classes, the highest being a knight. Previous honorees include Amanda Wakely and Stephen Jones. For these designers, the title was awarded for their services to the fashion industry.
Each of them will be presented with their award at ceremonies by members of the royal family.