Thea Porter’s Scrapbook

Venetia Porter

Thea Porter’s Scrapbook

Venetia Porter

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

160 pages | 480 color plates | 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 | © 2018
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781911604563 Will Publish December 2018 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Starting in 1966, Thea Porter designed clothes for the rich and famous for nearly two decades.  Her creations were made from sumptuous fabrics that drew inspiration from the Middle East, combining richly patterned silks with antique fabrics. Her clothes were a must for music and film stars such as Pink Floyd, Crystal Gayle, Elizabeth Taylor, and Barbra Streisand. Porter soon became a key member of an innovative group of British designers that included Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, and Jean Muir, and her place in the history of British fashion was ensured when she was named Designer of the Year in 1972.

Thea Porter’s Scrapbook reveals Porter’s further talents as a keenly observant and descriptive writer. This collection, which includes working drawings, sketches, snapshots, and manuscript notes, serves as a memoir of her early life and career, charting many memorable episodes, including the dramatic surge of American interest in her clothes, and the opening of her shop in Paris as she pursued her ambition to create dresses “beyond trend and tat, that thirty years from today will still be beautiful.”
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