The great and the good of the fashion industry gathered last week to celebrate Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC), receiving the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Tillman, who owns British heritage businesses Jaeger and Aquascutum, was appointed CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours list for his services to the fashion industry and had the honour bestowed on him by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace on November 25.
Industry figures including tailor Ozwald Boateng, Marks & Spencer executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose, UK Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and Topshop managing director Mary Homer celebrated with Tillman at The Savoy Hotel in London. Those also in attendance included minister for the creative industries Ed Vaizey and Olympic athlete Lord Sebastian Coe.
BFC chief executive Caroline Rush called Tillman an “inspiring” chairman and a “driving force within the BFC and the industry”.
Tillman added: “The UK is home to some of the world’s leading fashion brands and I am proud to be associated with a number of them through the BFC and directly with Jaeger and Aquascutum.”
Earlier in November Tillman also scooped the gong for outstanding contribution to fashion at the inaugural Global Fashion Awards held by trend forecaster WGSN in New York.
He was appointed as chairman of the BFC in 2008.