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Albeck, (Judith) Patricia [Pat] (1930–2017), textile designer  

Christine Boydell

Albeck, (Judith) Patricia [Pat] (1930–2017), textile designer, was born on 17 March 1930 at 33 Linnaeus Street, Hull, Yorkshire, the youngest of four daughters of Jewish immigrants, Max Albeck (1889/90–1960), furrier, and his wife Sarah, née Freedman...

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Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes  

Elizabeth C. Sanderson

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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Arnold, Janet (1932–1998), costume historian  

Santina M. Levey

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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Arnold, Janet (1932–1998)  

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Janet Arnold (1932–1998) by unknown photographer © reserved; private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ashley, Laura (1925–1985)  

Maker: Philip Sayer

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Laura Ashley (1925–1985) by Philip Sayer, early 1980s © Philip Sayer; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ashley [née Mountney], Laura (1925–1985), dress designer and interior decorator  

Emlyn Hooson

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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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Barron, (Mabel) Phyllis (1890–1964), designer and textile printer  

Barley Roscoe

Barron, (Mabel) Phyllis (1890–1964), designer and textile printer, was born on 19 March 1890 in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, the younger of two daughters of Walter Barron and his wife, Alice Maud Marguerite, formerly Clark, of Taplow House, Taplow. She was to describe her family as '...

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Blake [née Blumenthal], Yvonne Ann (1940–2018), film costume designer  

Keith Lodwick

Blake [née Blumenthal], Yvonne Ann (1940–2018), film costume designer, was born at Hope Hospital, 91 Eccles Old Road, Salford, Manchester, on 17 April 1940, the daughter of Harald Blumenthal, later Harold Blake (1916–1988), sugar boiler and confectioner, and his wife, ...

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

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Blow, Isabella [née Isabella Delves Broughton] (1958–2007), fashion journalist and stylist  

Edwina Ehrman

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)  

Maker: Roger Mayne

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Sandra Betty Blow (1925–2006) by Roger Mayne, 1966 © Roger Mayne / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blow, Sandra Betty (1925–2006), painter and collagist  

Mel Gooding

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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Katie Boyle (1926–2018), by unknown photographer, 1961

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Boyle, Caterina Irene Elena Maria [Katie; née Imperiali dei Principi di Francavilla] (1926–2018), fashion model and media personality  

Roger Philip Mellor

Boyle, Caterina Irene Elena Maria [Katie; née Imperiali dei Principi di Francavilla] (1926–2018), fashion model and media personality, was born on 29 May 1926 in the Villa Fiorita, a Florentine palace near Fiesole, Tuscany, which was once owned by Italy’s royal family. Her father was Marchese ...

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Brooker [née Beacon], Daphne Elizabeth (1927–2012), model and fashion teacher  

Edwina Ehrman

Brooker [née Beacon], Daphne Elizabeth (1927–2012), model and fashion teacher, was born on 8 June 1927 at the Ormond Maternity Home, 29 Blantyre Street, Chelsea, London, the elder child and only daughter of Charles Beacon, chauffeur, and his wife, Mabel Elizabeth, née...

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Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer  

Kay Staniland

Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer, is known to have been an embroiderer of ecclesiastical vestments directly commissioned by Henry III in the years 1239–44. Evidence for these commissions is to be found in the close and liberate rolls in a succession of payments for work in progress, for materials, or for work completed....

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Carr [née Strettell], Alice Laura Vansittart Comyns (1850–1927), costume designer and writer  

Veronica Isaac

Carr [née Strettell], Alice Laura Vansittart Comyns (1850–1927), costume designer and writer, was born Alice Laura Vansittart Strettel at Taplow, Buckinghamshire, on 1 January 1850, the second child in the family of two daughters and one son of the Revd Alfred Baker Strettell...

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Carr [née Strettell], Alice Laura Vansittart Comyns (1850–1927)  

Maker: John Singer Sargent

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Alice Laura Vansittart Comyns Carr (1850–1927), by John Singer Sargent, 1889

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Carter [née Fantl], Ernestine Marie (1906–1983), museum curator and writer on fashion  

Barbara Burman

Carter [née Fantl], Ernestine Marie (1906–1983), museum curator and writer on fashion, was born on 10 October 1906 in Savannah, Georgia, USA, the daughter of Siegfried Fantl. Carter was brought up in Savannah. She graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1927, where, remarkably for the time, she studied modern and contemporary art and design under the tutelage of ...

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Clapham [née McVitie], Emily Maria (1857–1952), couturier  

Susan Capes

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, ...