Brexit: throwing the fashion industry into turmoil

Site: Anna McClelland

As the world collectively shakes its head in disbelief at the result of Britain's referendum, fashion's major players have been quick to voice their shock and anger

While the immediate impact of the vote came frighteningly swiftly - the pound plummeted and two trillion dollars was wiped off world markets amid talk of a UK recession - its effects on fashion look likely to stretch far into the future. London has long been a major fashion hub, with many of its leading lights hailing from across Europe - think Mary Katrantzou, Marques Almeida and Roksanda Illic.

Conversely, many of fashion's It-Brits currently reside in Paris, home of the storied houses for which they work: Phoebe Philo of Celine, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and Clare Waight Keller of Chloe. With the UK out of the EU, suddenly the future of such cross-continent appointments looks likely to be in jeopardy.

And it's not just the big names at risk. As British designer Christopher Kane told The New York Times last week, "all of these amazing seamstresses from Italy, from all over Europe, that have been working with us for five years... How much would it cost for us to get them Visas?" Kane's just one high-profile fashion industry insider speaking out against Brexit - a British Fashion Council survey found that 90 per cent of its members wanted to remain in the EU. Take a look at who's speaking out on social media in the gallery above. 

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