The Humble Postage Stamp Gets a Makeover

The Royal Mail will release a range of postage stamps tomorrow designed to showcase the best in British postwar fashion.

The Great British Fashion Stamps, featuring photographs by Sølve Sundsbø

The Great British Fashion stamps, which feature a range of classic women’s and men’s designs from household names such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, encapsulate the peculiarly British mix of tradition and creative innovation that has earned us the reputation of loveable oddballs.

The outfits pictured on the stamps range from a demure skirt suit designed by Hardy Amies in the 1940s which we could easily imagine staking its place in the royal wardrobe to a dramatic Alexander McQueen creation reserved only for the most avant-garde of fashionistas (or possibly the odd bird lover).

The stamps are lent an element of fun by the dynamic poses used, although the models themselves were all airbrushed out in order to create a timeless feel.

Regardless of whether you would actually wear the outfits yourself, the snazzy designs are bound to brighten up your letters this spring. In fact, we love the designs so much that we reckon Royal Mail should go one step further and kit out its posties in the same clothes to match!