Press Trust of India
October 14, 2012 15:59 IST
Kate turned heads in Kuala Lumpur when she visited the Assyakirin Mosque wearing a chic chiffon off-white dress and matching headscarf
By wearing a chic chiffon off-white
dress while visiting a mosque in Malaysia last month, Kate
Middleton has helped victims of alleged sex trafficking in
India, her designer has claimed.
Kate turned heads in Kuala Lumpur when she visited the
Assyakirin Mosque wearing a chic chiffon off-white dress and
matching headscarf from Beulah London.
However, it has been revealed that by wearing the dress,
the Duchess was supporting not just her friend - Beulah's
founder Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs - but also victims of sex
trafficking in India, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
Natasha's great-great grandfather, Rufus Isaacs, was 1st
Marquess of Reading, and a Viceroy of India in 1921.
Natasha and her childhood friend Lavinia Brennan made a
decision, in 2009, to swap parties at Club H - Princes Harry
and William's private basement at Highgrove - for a stint
teaching needlework and English to victims of sex trafficking
"I had been talking to a friend about human trafficking
and I was determined to do something to help," the paper
quoted Natasha, fiancee of Kate Middleton's ex-boyfriend
Rupert Finch, as saying.
"I met women who had been abused and a girl who was
trafficked from the school where I was teaching. She fell in
love with a man who promised her a new life and whisked her
away, and she didn't return. It was heartbreaking, but it
helped me to understand slavery and how traffickers work.
"It also taught me the importance of education because
traffickers prey on the uneducated, the ones who have no
options. I realised that providing skills could prevent
trafficking," she said.
Natasha, who has a history of art degree from Oxford
Brookes University, spent two months at a workshop teaching
vulnerable girls who had been rescued from brothels and slums.
It was there that Beulah London was conceived. Natasha and
Lavinia's idea was to create an ethical fashion label that
would pay a living wage to rescued women and save them from
the economic necessity of returning to the streets.
Each Beulah garment comes with a canvas bag produced by
victims of trafficking in India through a Calcutta-based
project called Freeset.
Some items in the collection are made via a project in
Delhi called Open Hand, by women who have escaped trafficking
and the sex trade, including some who are HIV-positive and
Natasha, who was named by Daily Mail in 2011 as one of
"Britain's 50 Most Powerful Posh People Under 30" returns to
India every six months to see the women she is helping.