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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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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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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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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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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, (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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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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McQueen, Lee Alexander (1969–2010), fashion designer, was born on 17 March 1969 at Lewisham Hospital in Lewisham, London, the sixth and last child of Ronald Samuel McQueen (b. 1933), lorry and taxi driver, and his wife, Joyce Barbara, née Deane (1934–2010), social science teacher. At the time of his birth the family lived at ...

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Miller, (Elizabeth) Lee [married name (Elizabeth) Lee Penrose, Lady Penrose] (1907–1977), fashion model and photographer, was born on 23 April 1907 at 40 South Clinton Street, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA, the only daughter and the second of the three children of Theodore Miller (1872–1971)...

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Morton, (Henry) Digby (1906/7–1983), couturier, was born in Ireland. His death certificate states his date of birth as 27 November 1907; this is contradicted, however, by records in the archives of the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, which place his birth as one year earlier, at an unspecified date in 1906. The academic registers of that institution for 1919–20 also provide the only available information about ...

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Muir [married name Leuckert], Jean Elizabeth (1928–1995), dress designer, was born on 17 July 1928 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, the daughter of Cyril Vernon Muir, draper's floor superintendent, and his wife, Phyllis Evelyn Coy. Later she preferred to give her birth date as 1933. She attributed her creative pragmatism and what became a legendary self-discipline to Scottish ancestry on her father's side. The understated elegance of a designer famous for her variations on the little black dress derived in part from childhood memories of visits to her great-grandmother, a '...

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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)...

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Porter [née Seale], Dorothea Noelle Naomi [Thea] (1927–2000), fashion designer, was born on 24 December 1927 in Jerusalem, the second daughter of the three children of the Revd Dr Morris Sigel Seale (1896–1993), Irish Presbyterian missionary and Arabist, and his wife, ...

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Roger, Neil Munro [Bunny] (1911–1997), couturier and socialite, was born on 9 June 1911 at 90 North Gate, St Marylebone, London, the second of the three sons of Sir Alexander Roger (1878–1961), businessman, and his wife, Helen Stuart Clark (1884–1976), the daughter of a mayor of ...

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Sassoon, Vidal (1928–2012), hairdresser, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was born on 17 January 1928 at 101 Shepherd's Bush Road, Hammersmith, London, the son of Jack Sassoon, a carpet dealer, originally from Salonika, Greece, and his East End-born wife, Betty, née Belinsky (1900–1997), both Sephardic Jews. After his parents' separation in 1931 his mother found it difficult to bring up ...

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Walker [née Baheux], Catherine Marguerite Marie-Thérèse (1945–2010), couturier, was born on 27 June 1945 near Boulogne, France, the younger daughter of Rémy Jean Joseph Baheux, marine engineer, and his wife, Agnès, née Lefèbvre. Following her parents' acrimonious divorce in 1949, which badly affected her, she and her brother and sister lived with their mother. In 1955 their mother married a cashmere yarn producer in ...