The story is told largely through interviews with the designers and opinion-shapers of the period. Among those who talk about their experiences are Paul Smith, Philip Treacy, Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield, Betty Jackson, Rifat Ozbek, Katharine Hamnett, Antonio Berardi, Wendy Dagworthy, Body Map, Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, Anna Harvey – the Vogue fashion editor who dressed the Princess of Wales for many years – and PR Lynne Franks.
Robert O’Byrne, previously Fashion Correspondent of The Irish Times, has spent many years at the heart of the fashion world, close to the people and events covered by this book. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the United States. Previous books include After A Fashion: A History of Fashion in Ireland.
Ever since consultant Annette Worsley-Taylor founded the London Designer Collections in 1975 she has been involved in all aspects of the promotion of British designers, and of London Fashion Week. She was Creative and Marketing Director and Consultant to the British Fashion Council for Fashion Week from 1993 to 2006. In 2002 she was made an MBE for services to British fashion.
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