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New Year Honours: Princess Diana's designer receives an OBE

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7:57AM GMT 31 Dec 2008


A Savile Row tailor, who made the jacket Diana, Princess of Wales wore in her Panorama interview more than a decade ago, has been made an OBE.

 Trinidadian born Andrew Ramroop, 57, a tailor since 1970, was featured in the BBC television series Black Firsts which was part of the Windrush Season. 

Mr Ramroop, who owns bespoke tailors Maurice Sedwell, was the first tailor to be made a Visiting Professor of the London Institute. 

He made several suits for the Princess including the midnight blue £1,800 jacket she wore for the Martin Bashir interview in November 1995. 

Mr Ramroop knew it was for a special occasion but only realised it was for the interview when he turned on the television. 

Kelly Hoppen, 50, the interior designer, who receives an MBE has worked in homes and hotels across the world with clients ranging from Victoria Beckham to James Bond. 

Her furniture designs were used as props in 007's latest outing, Quantum Of Solace, starring Daniel Craig. Miss Hoppen, who has produced ranges for Bhs, and has her own interiors stores in London and Dubai, had a reported turnover of £18 million last year. She receives an MBE. 

An MBE goes to Anya Hindmarch, designer of handbags for the stars, who created the eco-friendly I'm not a Plastic Bag accessory in 2007. When it was released through Sainsbury's 80,000 people queued in one day. she receives an MBE. 

Hilary Riva, the chief executive of the British Fashion Council, which wants under-16s to be banned from the catwalk, random drugs tests and health awareness programmes, receives an OBE. she is one of the founder of the London Fas. ion Week.


By Andrew Pierce


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