The Harris Acquires Kingfisher Couture’s Rose Dress with support from the Arts Council England / V&A Purchase Grant Fund
The Harris in Preston is delighted to announce the acquisition of the exquisite Rose Dress by designer Ross Griffiths, known for his label Kingfisher Couture, purchased with support from the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. This unique addition to The Harris Fashion & Textile collection represents an inspiring story of a local LGBTQIA+ designer, who is making waves in the fashion industry.
Ross Griffiths, a Preston-born designer, found inspiration in The Harris’ fashion and textile displays during his visits with his mother while growing up in Chorley. After pursuing other careers, he decided to follow his passion for fashion and founded Kingfisher Couture. Self-taught and drawing from his life experiences, Ross has gained recognition for his remarkable talent and journey.
Use and Display of the Dress
Impact on the Museum and Community
This acquisition is a significant step in realising The Harris’ acquisition policy and community empowerment guidelines. It provides a sense of identity and belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community and those living with HIV. The dress embodies stories of belonging and identity, preserving them for future generations.
The Rose Dress: Lancashire Post Feature
Arts Council England
V&A Purchase Grant Fund