Pakistan’s leading education charity, The Citizens Foundation (UK) celebrates women through a sartorial ode to the three formidable Queens
The Citizens Foundation, hosted its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, 5 October at the historic Savile Club in Mayfair, London. The glittering black tie event, at which Yasmin Qureshi MP and Lady Ghazala Hameed were among the list of special guests, included a reception, a delicious three-course dinner curated and prepared by the Michelin star chef, Michael James and a fundraising drive led by TCF’s Trustee Bilal Raja and Salman Haider, TCF’s long-standing supporter and the Head of Global Growths Market at Barclays Private Bank in the UK.
The event paid homage to the three enigmatic queens: Queen Elizabeth, Queen Nur Jahan and Queen Hurrem Sultan, who were the embodiment of female strength and empowerment during the 16th Century. Shamaeel Ansari, the renowned Pakistani designer, showcased an exquisite womenswear collection inspired by the bold colours, rich embroideries and various artistic influences that characterised the Tudor, Ottoman and Mughal empires. Music composition by Abbas Ali Khan, poetry narration by Faraz Maqsood Hamidi and styling by Tariq Amin and Amber Sami were beautifully woven together to bring the collection to life and transport the audience to a time bygone.