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James Laver (1899–1975) by Karl Pollak, c. 1948 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Laver, James (1899–1975), expert on fashion and writer, was born in Liverpool on 14 March 1899, the second child and only son of Arthur James Laver, maritime printer and stationer, and his wife, Florence Mary Barker. The family were strict Congregationalists. He was educated at the ...