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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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Arnold, Janet (1932–1998), costume historian, was born on 6 October 1932 at Duncan House, Clifton Down Road, Bristol, the only child of Frederick Charles Arnold (1898–1976), ironmonger, and his wife, Adeline, née Jacob (1895–1985), a nurse, daughter of the Revd Thomas Jacob and his wife, ...

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Ashley [née Mountney], Laura (1925–1985), dress designer and interior decorator, was born on 7 September 1925 at Dowlais, near Merthyr Tudful, south Wales, the eldest of the four children (two daughters and two sons) of Stanley Lewis Mountney, a civil servant, of ...

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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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Blow, Sandra Betty (1925–2006), painter and collagist, was born on 14 September 1925, at 64 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, the only daughter of Jacob (Jack) Blow, a fruit wholesaler at Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, and his wife, Leah (Lily), née Rubinstein. She was of Jewish descent. Her brothers, ...

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Bowery, Leigh (1961–1994), designer and performance artist, was born in Sunshine, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on 26 March 1961, the son of Tom Bowery, accountant, and his wife, Evelyn (d. 1994). Born into a middle-class family, he was an intelligent and confident boy who excelled at school and achieved grade 8 at piano. Highly creative, he learned to knit and crochet at a young age and went on to study fashion at the ...

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Burchett, George (1872–1953), tattoo artist, was born George Burchett Davis at 9 Toronto Terrace, Brighton, Sussex, on 23 August 1872, the eldest son in the family of twelve children of George Burchett Davis (1849/50–1923), a journeyman french polisher who became a picture frame maker and later a shopkeeper, antiques dealer, and amateur artist in the ...

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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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Davies, Marilyn Rice (known as Mandy Rice-Davies) (1944–2014), businesswoman, was born on 21 October 1944 in The Lynch, Mere, Wiltshire, the daughter of Ronald Woodford Rice Davies (1914–1997) and Eluned Lewis, née Jones (1908–2001). Her father, who was then serving as a private in the ...

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Day [née Conradi], (Désirée) Lucienne Lisbeth Dulcie (1917–2010), textile designer, was born on 5 January 1917 at Dulceholme, Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, the youngest child and only daughter of Felix Conradi (1871/2–1957), a Belgian-born reinsurance broker, and his English wife, Dulcie Lilian Hilda, ...

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Dorn, Marion V. (1896–1964), designer, was born on 25 December 1896, probably at Menlo Park, near San Francisco, California, one of five children of Diodemus Socrates Dorn (1860–1913), lawyer, and Camille Johnson (1870–1932). Educated at Stanford University from 1912 to 1916 (bachelor of arts in graphic arts, Phi Beta Kappa), thereafter she shared a studio in ...

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Duncan, John (1794–1881), hand-loom weaver and botanist, was born on 19 December 1794 at Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, the illegitimate son of John Duncan, weaver and soldier, from Drumlithie, and Ann Caird (c.1773–c.1830), also of Drumlithie, who decided to support herself and her child by weaving stockings and harvesting at nearby ...

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Egerton [née Compton], Marianne Margaret, Viscountess Alford [known as Lady Marian Alford] (1817–1888), art patron and writer on needlework, was born on 21 June 1817 in the Casa del Pre, Naples; she lived with her parents in Rome from 1820 to 1830, mostly in the ...

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Garland [née McHarg], Madge (1898–1990), fashion journalist and teacher, was born on 12 June 1898 in Melbourne, Australia, third child of Andrew McHarg, international shipper, and his wife, Henrietta Maria Aitkin. Brought up in St John's Wood in London, she was sent to the ...

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Gaskin [née France], Georgie Evelyn Cave (1866–1934), designer, was born on 8 December 1866 at Cliff Cottage, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, the elder daughter of William Hanmer France, contractor's agent, and his wife, Frances Emily Cave-Brown-Cave. Arthur Joseph Gaskin (1862–1928), artist, designer, and teacher...

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Goalen [née Bach; other married name Campbell], Barbara Kathleen (1921–2002), fashion model, was born in Malaya on 1 January 1921, the daughter of John Frederick Noel Bach, a rubber plantation owner. At the age of eight she was sent to England to attend preparatory school, then to ...

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Green, Charles (1844–1906), manufacturing jeweller, was born at 77 Hockley Hill, Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 5 January 1844, the son of Charles Green (1817–1865), jeweller, and his wife, Mary, née Mills (1817–1877). At the time of his birth his parents and two older brothers lived where ...

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Green, (Phyllis) Pamela (1929–2010), model and actress, was born on 28 March 1929 at 209 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the only child of Leonard Henry Green (1902–1971), architect, and his Dutch wife, Catherine Hermance, née Dagevos (1903–1985). She left school at fourteen. From 1945 to 1947 she attended ...

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Hartnell, Sir Norman Bishop (1901–1979), fashion designer, was born on 12 June 1901 at 2 Streatham Hill, Streatham, London, the only son and younger child of Henry Bishop Hartnell, hotelier, and his wife, Emma Mary Coulson, née Polley. He had three half-sisters. He was educated at ...

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Heriot, George (1563–1624), jeweller and philanthropist, was born in Edinburgh on 15 June 1563, the eldest son of George Heriot (1539/40–1610), goldsmith and MP, of Edinburgh and his first wife, Elizabeth Balderstone. Heriot was apprenticed to his father's trade, and on 14 January 1586 he was contracted to marry ...