A fashion designer who grew up in the Isle of Man has received the QEII Award for Design at London Fashion Week.

Bethany Williams’ work, which tackles social and environmental issues, was praised for its innovation by the Duchess of Cornwall who presented the award on the Queen’s behalf on Tuesday (February 19).

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, said: ’She brings ideas and people together and puts change for the good at the heart of her business.’

Bethany’s current collection ’Adelaide House,’ was shown on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

The collection is a collaboration between Adelaide House, a women’s shelter based in Liverpool. The shelter lends itself as a safe place women who are leaving prison, facing domestic abuse or homelessness.

The fashion designer donates 20% of the profits from this collection, which uses recycled and organic materials, towards the charity.

Following the award presentation, Bethany said she was left feeling ’completely overwhelmed and grateful for everybody’s amazing support’.

’Thank you to all the amazing charities and organisations that I have worked with over the years and for being there yesterday to celebrate your amazing work,’ she said.

’I believe if we all work together then anything is possible! Fashion is a global force with incredible influence - if we each use this influence for the greater good we have a huge capacity for growth and change.’

Now based in London, the designer uses sustainable methods such as converting newspaper waste into wearable pieces of art.

A number of her designs have been hand-made by people who are part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme.

Some of her works have also been hand-knitted in the island.