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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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Amies, Sir (Edwin) Hardy (1909–2003), dressmaker and fashion designer  

Edwina Ehrman

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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Amies, Sir (Edwin) Hardy (1909–2003)  

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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  

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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Barnes, Christopher Stewart [known as Judy Blame] (1960–2018), jewellery designer and fashion stylist  

Alistair O'Neill

Barnes, Christopher Stewart [known as Judy Blame] (1960–2018), jewellery designer and fashion stylist, was born on 12 February 1960 at 28 The Garstons, Great Bookham, Surrey, one of five children (with brothers Robert and Nicholas, and sisters Jane and Jenny) 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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Benney, (Adrian) Gerald Sallis (1930–2008), goldsmith and silversmith  

Philippa Glanville

Benney, (Adrian) Gerald Sallis (1930–2008), goldsmith and silversmith, was born at 56 Westbourne Avenue, Sculcoates, Hull, on 21 April 1930, the younger son of Ernest Alfred Sallis Benney (1894–1966), an artist and designer who was then principal of the City of Hull College of Arts and Crafts...

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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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Bowery, Leigh (1961–1994)  

Maker: Lucian Freud

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Leigh Bowery (1961–1994) by Lucian Freud, 1991 © Lucian Freud / Tate, London, 2004

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Bowery, Leigh (1961–1994), designer and performance artist  

Meg Russell

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 ...