Prince Charles meets Australian knitwear designers

Prince Charles meets Australian knitwear designers (Allstar)

As the patron of The Campaign for Wool, Prince Charles knows his fair share about the industry and managed to talk the talk on a trip to Australia this week to meet key figures.

Farmers, fashion experts and even sheep gathered to meet the royal at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, where he talked about the country's wool industry.

He met up with five designers including Josh Goot, Dion Lee, Kym Ellery, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Akira Isogawa, AAP reports, and examined their latest woollen creations at the event hosted by Australian Wool Innovation.

Mr Lee won the Australian leg of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize competition in London with his edgy tailored grey dress with sexy black criss-cross rubber film down the back.

The 27-year-old also claimed that the prince said he liked the design.

"It was a great opportunity to show my brand and the collection to Charles - it's obviously an opportunity that doesn't come around every day. It was great to hear his feedback," Mr Lee commented.

He also added: "It was a highlight to be in a room with such esteemed members of the Australian fashion industry as well - it was a great moment."

After perusing the collections, Prince Charles discussed his love of knitwear, which included the navy suit he was wearing, which was made from Australian merino wool from Tasmania and designed by tailors Anderson and Sheppard in the UK.

He was very well received at the fashion event, with Stuart McCullough, chief executive of Australian Wool Innovation, claiming that the meeting was a very special opportunity.

"With the support and endorsement of its patron, the global Campaign for Wool continues to connect to consumers around the world, highlighting the benefits of wool in apparel and interiors," he added.

Prince Charles is currently on a tour of Australia with the Duchess of Cornwall and has been learning lots about its wool industry, including visits to wool farms and mills.

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