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Lingerie founder Corre turns down MBE

The founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur has rejected his MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours on political grounds.

Joseph Corre made the political statement this week as a number of industry figures were celebrated for their services to fashion. These included Serena Rees, who also co-founded the lingerie brand. She said she would keep her MBE. The pair set up the business in 1994.

Designer Betty Jackson was awarded the CBE for services to the industry. Jackson has built up an independent label over the past 25 years and now has a flagship store in South Kensington, London.

Jackson has also designed a range for department store Debenhams, called Betty Jackson Black.

Former Marks & Spencer design director Brian Godbold received an OBE for services to fashion design. He spearheaded the UK's first fashion merchandising management degree.

Designer Joe Casely-Hayford, creative director at Gieves & Hawkes, received an OBE for services to the fashion industry.

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