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Caroline Charles

Coat, Caroline Charles, 1989. Museum no. T.249-1989

Coat, Caroline Charles, 1989. Museum no. T.249-1989

After graduating from art school, Caroline Charles began an internship with couturier Michael Sherrard, before working for Mary Quant and fashion photographer Tony Rawlinson. In 1963 she founded the Caroline Charles brand, becoming a leading figure in the invasion of the USA youth market by London designers. 

She travelled widely, putting on fashion and pop shows in 36 US cities, and also made regular TV appearances on both sides of the Atlantic. Her 'mod' designs and special occasion wear were popular with singers and actresses including Cilla Black, Lulu and Barbra Streisand. She also designed for Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr. 

Caroline Charles's business has continued to flourish for four decades, and she is one of Britain's most respected and well known designers. In 2002 she celebrated her 40th anniversary in fashion design at the V&A and was awarded an OBE for her services to the British fashion industry.

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