Charles & Patricia Lester Fashion in Motion

Charles and Patricia Lester design simple, fluid garments in lustrous velvets, silks and devorés, hand-painted using special techniques of dye application.

Charles and Patricia Lester design simple, fluid garments in lustrous velvets, silks and devorés, hand-painted using special techniques of dye application. The unusual qualities of the fabrics used- notably their hallmark hand-pleating- allow the clothes to mould to the shape of the body. Simple designs, fluid tailoring, and the unusual qualities of the fabrics epitomise the refined style of Charles and Patricia Lester.

Their clothes are worn by celebrities including Princess Michael of Kent, Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor and have featured in opera and film productions, including 'The Wings of a Dove', as well as in the V&A’s 1997 exhibition 'The Cutting Edge: Fifty Years of British Fashion'.

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Caroline Charles (Hardcover)

Caroline Charles (Hardcover)

'Miss Caroline Charles, aged 22 - youngest of the English designers whose fashions have captured New York - returns there to show her Spring collectio…

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Event - Wedding Dresses 1775–2014

Sat 03 May 2014–Sun 15 March 2015

EXHIBITION: Trace the eternal fashion of the wedding dress and discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses from the last 200 years.

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