King visits African fashion exhibition in ‘symbolic’ visit
The King revealed he had sent a private donation following the devastating floods in Nigeria, when he chatted with the founder of Lagos Fashion Week during the visit he had requested, ahead of the visit of State of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa later this month.
Edward Enninful, editor of British Vogue, joined his industry colleague when he met the King and his wife and said of the exhibit: “To me, it’s amazing for the world of to see what Africa has brought to the world in terms of design, culture so the timing is perfect, I’m so thrilled.
Boateng added: “As a starting position I think it’s a good start and I hope to see a lot more and for King Charles to come and visit and show that level of interest is very very symbolic.”
The menswear designer was inspired to succeed in fashion after receiving a grant from the Prince’s Trust which he used to buy a sewing machine and is known today for his suits which have a unique twist on classic British tailoring .
At one point during his conversation with the King, Charles looked down at his clothes touching them as he appeared to be joking with Boateng about the designer making him a suit.
The menswear designer then said, “I’m sure at some point I’ll make him a really nice custom suit, I’m sure.”
More than 600 people were killed in floods in Nigeria and Omoyemi Akerele, founder of Lagos Fashion Week who met the King during his previous visit to Nigeria, said: “The flood situation in Nigeria is so appalling .
“He should be front and center everywhere, and he really isn’t.
“He was like, ‘This is really terrible, I had to send a donation too.
“We all need to help in any way we can.”
As the King and Queen browsed the fashion exhibition, which focuses on crafts and textiles, Akerele said Charles was particularly interested in the work of artisan designers.
She said: “He’s super invested in artisans and the role they play in the economy.
“It’s also dear to our hearts, so it’s something, dare I say, we have in common.”