The happiness of Priyanka Mallick, an Indian fashion designer from West Bengal's Hooghly district, knew no bounds after she received an appreciation letter from the United Kingdom, thanking her for designing a butterfly brooch for His Majesty King Charles III.
Mallick was doubled with joy after she learnt that two of her designs found their way from a white sheet of paper to the official events page of the Coronation ceremony entitled ‘Coronation theme designed dress launch’.
The 29-year-old comes from a small village situated about 50km from Kolkata. She holds degrees from Milan in Italy, Harvard and Stanford University in the US and is a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society of the UK.
After Mallick received the direct invite to be a part of the Coronation of King Charles III, a symbolic ceremony combining a religious service and pageantry, her family also looked overjoyed and expressed immense happiness on seeing her progress.
"We are very happy with her progress. A village girl has reached Buckingham Palace. I myself received the [invitation] envelope. We always supported her and will continue to support her," Mallick's brother Rajesh Mallick said.
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On the making of the special coronation themed dresses for the to-be-crowned King and Queen, Mallick said, "The dresses will be stitched locally with her inputs as she is in touch with London-based stylists and workers.
"I am fortunate and thrilled that my designs were selected for King Charles III and Queen's Coronation ceremony to be held on May 6 at Westminster Abbey." .
Unfortunately, despite the invitation, Mallick will not be among the forelock-tugging masses as she is recovering from an ailment. "But I will attend the ceremony virtually," she added.
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Since childhood, Mallick was fascinated with designing and drawing and was fond of the Queen Elizabeth dresses she wore. Later, her interest in fashion designing developed into an alluring art and after completing class XII, she virtually joined the international fashion designing courses and got recognition for her work.
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