From high fashion to hospital relief amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 13, 2020
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These days, the expression "it takes a village," may be better replaced by "it takes the world," as millions of people across the globe mobilize to pitch in however they can to fight the spread of coronavirus.

Across the pond, we're moved by the generosity of British clothing designer, Stewart Parvin—perhaps best known for outfitting Queen Elizabeth II—who has recently pivoted to making scrubs for medical workers during this time of need. As we heard through Town & Country, the fashion label, which has had a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen since 2007 (a royal warrant is essentially an official stamp of approval for providing goods to the royal family), has shifted away from creating beautiful dresses to making coronavirus-related supplies for the medical community.

The brand took to Twitter on April 7 to share an update with its followers: "Thanks to a fabulous fabric donation by the wonderful Anita at Classic Textiles on the Goldhawk Road, and some of our girls volunteering their time to sew, we are now producing scrubs for Frimley Park Hospital...very happy to offer what little help we can to our fabulous NHS," the statement read.

On April 9, alongside photos of their functional designs, a Tweet read, "Our first set of scrubs are ready to be dropped off for @frimleyhealth. If you would like to get involved as a home sewer, or as a business with work space, there are several groups set up that are co-ordinating the effort. @scrubsgloriousscrubs and [@fortheloveofscrubs]."

In America, the many men and women making protective gear and face masks are also eagerly engaging in relief efforts. If you've joined such coronavirus support initiatives, remember just one mask or one donation can make the difference in helping to save lives.