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Amies, Sir (Edwin) Hardy (1909–2003), dressmaker and fashion designer, was born on 17 July 1909 at 70 Delaware Mansions, Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, London, the elder son and eldest of the three children of Herbert William Amies, a surveyor for London county council...

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Sir (Edwin) Hardy Amies (1909–2003) by Brian Griffin, 1976 © Brian Griffin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes, was born on 1 January 1697 and baptized in Edinburgh two days later. She was the daughter of James Anderson (1662–1728), clerk to the signet and author of Diplomata Scotiae, and Jean Ellis or Ellies (...

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Blow, Isabella [née Isabella Delves Broughton] (1958–2007), fashion journalist and stylist, was born on 19 November 1958 at the London Clinic, 20 Devonshire Place, Westminster, the eldest child in the family of three daughters and a son of Major Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, ...

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Isabella Blow (1958–2007) by Mario Testino, 1998 Mario Testino / Art Partner; hat by Philip Treacy

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Clapham [née McVitie], Emily Maria (1857–1952), couturier, was born at 59 St Paul Street North, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 22 December 1857, the eldest daughter in the family of at least two daughters and one son of Walter McVitie (1829–1874), a painter and house decorator, and his wife, ...

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Clark, Raymond [Ossie] (1942–1996), fashion designer, was born on 9 June 1942 at 107 Rice Lane, Walton Park, Liverpool, the youngest of the six children of Samuel Duncan Clark, a storesman in the Royal Navy victualling department, and his wife, Ann Grace Williams...

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Raymond Clark (1942–1996) by David Hockney, 1970–71 [Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy] © David Hockney / Tate, London, 2004

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Creed, Charles Southey (1909–1966), couturier, was born on 25 May 1909 at 29 rue Singer, Paris, the third son and sixth child of Henry Creed (b. 1863), tailor, and his wife, Aimée Nathalie Josephe, née Landrin (d. 1917). The tailoring house of ...

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Glasse [née Allgood], Hannah (bap. 1708, d. 1770), writer on cookery and costumier, born at Greville Street, Hatton Garden, London, was baptized at St Andrew's Church, Holborn, on 24 March 1708, the daughter of Isaac Allgood (1683–1725) and Hannah Reynolds. The Allgoods...

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Goddard [née Egan], Mary (bap. 1717, d. 1752), poet and milliner, was baptized on 12 July 1717 at St Nicholas Within, Dublin, the daughter of Mary, whose maiden name was probably Colwell, and Terence Egan, variously styled 'Mr.' or 'Gent.' in the parish registers. ...

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Gordon, Lucy Christiana [Lucile] Duff [née Lucy Christiana Sutherland], Lady Duff Gordon (1862–1935), fashion designer, was born in St John's Wood, London, in July 1862, the elder of two daughters of Douglas Sutherland (1838–1865), a Scottish civil engineer, and Elinor, née Saunders (1842–1937)...

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Hutton, Sibilla (d. 1808), milliner and shopkeeper, was the daughter of the Revd William Hutton, minister of the Secession church at Dalkeith, Edinburghshire, and Sibilla Tunnock, daughter of William Tunnock, an Edinburgh brewer; they married on 7 November 1742. Sibilla was well known as a milliner in ...

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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 ...

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Learmonth, Christian (bap. 1718, d. 1762), milliner and shopkeeper, was baptized at Bo'ness, Linlithgowshire, on 21 October 1718, the daughter of John Learmonth, schoolmaster and postmaster at Bo'ness, and of his first wife, Christian Livingston (d. in or before 1726), third daughter of ...

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Macaulay [née Young], Carola (b. 1682), milliner and shopkeeper, was born on 19 February 1682 at Kippen, Stirlingshire, one of three children of the Revd Robert Young, minister at Kippen, and Margaret MacFarlane. She is a good example of an eighteenth-century woman from a professional family background who, even after her marriage, continued in business. She had no inherited right to trade but was allowed to do so on payment of an annual due to the ...

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Molyneux, Edward Henry (1891–1974), couturier and art collector, was born at 29 Greencroft Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 5 September 1891, the only son and second child of Justin Molyneux (b. c.1864, d. in or before 1901), a commercial traveller, and his wife, ...

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Newton [née Pearce], Stella Mary (1901–2001), designer and dress historian, was born on 17 April 1901 at 33 Romola Road, Herne Hill, London, the only child of Henry James Pearce (1868–1935), printer's manager, and his wife, Georgiana Maria Wilkie, née Hoby (1870–1963)...