Jeweller who designed necklace worn by Theresa May to represent Kenya at International Fashion Showcase

Ami Doshi Shah and Theresa May
Theresa May wearing the necklace designed by Ami Doshi Shah who is stood with the Prime Minister. Photo: Twitter/BritishArts

The Kenyan jeweller and silversmith who designed the Fractal Cuff and Torque Neckpiece in Zoisite worn by British Prime Minister Theresa May during her recent visit to the country will be representing her country in next year’s International Fashion Showcase.

Ami Doshi Shah graduated in 2001 with a BA (Hon) in Jewellery and Silversmithing from the Birmingham School of Art & Design in the UK and received the Goldsmiths’ Award for Best Design (Apprentice trainee) in the same year.

Ami Doshi Shah and Theresa May
Theresa May and Ami Doshi Shah. Photo: Instagram/amidoshishah

Following her graduation, she completed jewellery apprenticeship programmes in Mumbai and Jaipur, India.

In 2013, Ami established the eponymous design label, I am I, which marked her return to the design world after a 12-year hiatus, during which she worked with multinational advertising agencies in Nairobi and London.

Ami Doshi Shah and Theresa May
Ami Doshi Shah and Rocca, Director of the Arts programme, talk to Theresa May during the Prime Minister’s visit to Kenya. Photo: Instagram/amidoshishah

The International Fashion Showcase (IFS)

The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) was established in 2012 as a platform for emerging fashion designers to exhibit their work during London Fashion Week. Bringing cutting edge fashion design to London from around the globe, IFS invites us explore different cultures and consider current world issues through fashion. To date IFS has showcased more than 600 designers from 70 countries. 

Working in partnership, the British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion, UAL and Somerset House provide a tailored programme for 15 emerging international designers from 15 different countries, including a business development programme across 8 months and a creative residency within Somerset House Studios in London.

IFS will culminate with a free public exhibition during London Fashion Week in February 2019 at Somerset House, showcasing the work developed by the designers in a series of spatial installations exploring urgent issues and new ideas that are shaping fashion globally.