May 2014

Top UK fashion designer, Jeff Banks, was joined by staff from the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) today, Friday 2 May, for the unveiling of the new look he has created for the leading visitor attraction.

Inspired by the naval history of the site, the uniforms consist of a dark blue polywool suit in a choice of styles, with brass buttons on the sleeves and a breast pocket both bearing the ORNC crest. The uniforms are accessorised with a silk tie or scarf printed in fabulous detail with imagery from the Painted Hall, the jewel in the crown of the ORNC. Crisp white shirts and blouses complete the look, together with a smart but practical waterproof jacket also bearing the ORNC logo.

“We are immensely privileged that a designer of Jeff’s stature has created this new look for us,” says Brendan McCarthy, CEO of the Old Royal Naval College. “The uniforms beautifully encapsulate the naval history of the site and we are delighted that they also feature our most spectacular attraction, the Painted Hall.”

“I am so proud to have created the new uniform for the ORNC,” says Jeff Banks. "It is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Britain and I wanted to incorporate some of these exquisite details into the outfits, whilst ensuring that they were smart, practical and comfortable to wear. I think the staff look fabulous – and they play such an important role in bringing the history of the ORNC alive to the visitors.”

“It is wonderful to have a design that so clearly evokes the naval history of the Old Royal Naval College,” says Don Simms, one of the longest serving visitor assistants at the ORNC whose contribution and commitment was recognised in the award of a British Empire Medal. 

“Our visitors are always amazed by the Painted Hall,” adds Pam Hildrew. “It is terrific that the new look includes images from Sir James Thornhill’s masterpiece.”

The bespoke silk scarves and ties will also be available for purchase in the Shop at the ORNC priced £24.99 and online

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