Cunard revealed that milliner Stephen Jones OBE, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and model Pat Cleveland will headline its fourth annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing next year. Sailing aboard Queen Mary 2 from July 28 through August 4, 2019, the voyage will offer runway shows, talks, dinners and Q&As with the experts on board.
Jones, considered one of recent history’s most influential milliners, has been described by Vogue as the ‘go-to man when it comes to making headline hats.’ In the past he has worked with Diana, Princess of Wales, Mick Jagger and fashion great Vivienne Westwood. He will showcase his most famous pieces in two runway shows and participate in a Q&A session.
Weitzman, who has designed footwear for Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and British royalty, will display his red-carpet shoes, participate in a Q&A and give a talk on his career. Initially achieving success in the 1960s and 70s, Cleveland became one of the first African-American models in the industry to reach prominence as a runway and print model. She will participate in a Q&A on her five decades in the business.
Cunard will partner with the Graduate Fashion Foundation during the weeklong trip. The foundation is a non-profit that annually celebrates students and graduates within the fashion industry. The organization will select six graduates to have their pieces showcased on the cruise during a runway show.
Other guests will include fashion historian Colin McDowelll MBE, author Lindy Woodhead, vice chairman of Burberry Rosemarie Bravo CBE, fashion executive Stanly Tucker and more. The London-based STORM Model Agency will join the fashion week to participate in runway shows.