Wednesday 29 September 2010

RIP - Catherine Walker

Legendary British designer Catherine Walker died last week after a long battle with breast cancer, at only 65 years old. She was most famously know as Diana Princess of Wales favourite designer and was said to have made over 1000 outfits for her. She was named Designer of the Year twice, once in 1990 and again in 1991.
I was lucky enough to have seen 2 of her amazing creations in person at the V&A fashion exhibition in London. This was one of them. This was designed for Princess Diana and was called The 'Elvis' Dress. It was so stunning in person! Honest, my photo doesn't do it justice.
Her designs were all so elegant and stylish and her attention to detail was amazing. Always using pearls and diamantes and beautifully expensive fabrics. I feel her designs reflect the more glamourous fashion of the 1950's and old hollywood glamour. And over her career she built up one of Britain's most successful couture evening wear brands ever.

Here are some more of her creations.

You can see her collections here

She is a great loss to British Fashion.

Daisymay X

p.s. I shall do a post on my London trip tomorrow for you all. Not many Beyond Retro photos though sorry, but lots from the V&A Fashion Exhibition!

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  1. I didn't know her but her gowns look stunning.

  2. How terribly sad. Here designs are truly gorgeous, and it's at least nice to know they will go on forever, being revered and inspiring the future.

    Chic on the Cheap

  3. Divine, divine. Such lovely designs!

  4. Very talented designer. I remember the "Elvis Dress." That's amazing that she designed that many pieces for Diana Princess of Wales.

  5. Read about Catherine Walker death, no doubt her death is a great loss for fashion industry. She designed many famous celebrities also.


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