Fashion Designer – Thomas Burberry

Dressmaker Thomas Burberry, born on 27 August 1835 in Dorking Surrey, United Kingdom, founded the Burberry brand when he was just 21 years of age. He completed an apprenticeship at a local draper’s shop prior to opening his own outfitting business called “T. Burberry and Sons” in Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1856.

Thomas Burberry – Brand Founder

By 1870 the business became known as an “emporium” & had established itself by focusing on the development of outdoor attire for local residents & visiting sportsmen who frequently visited the store. Thomas Burberry invented the gabardine in 1880 (a durable, water-resistant yet breathable fabric, in which yarn is waterproofed before weaving). In 1891 Burberry established a wholesale business in London & Thomas Burberry opened his first shop at the Haymarket (now the site of Burberry’s corporate headquarters).

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During WWI Burberry designed military style models of the coats for the British Royal Flying Corps (later known as RAF). The coat had a deep back yoke, epaulets, buckled cuff straps, a button-down storm flap on one shoulder & storm pockets. After the war the Trench coat became popular amongst civilians & was known worldwide as a “Burberry”.

1901: The Burberry Equestrian Knight Logo was developed & registered as a trademark containing the Latin word “Prorsum”, meaning forwards.
1902: Burberry established the “Gabardine” as a trademark.
1909: The “Burberry” was registered as a trademark for the company coats.

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In the 1920’s the iconic Burberry Check, registered as a trademark, was introduced as a lining inside the trench coats. During the 1960’s Burberry was exposed to the fashion scene & the famous check was seen on umbrellas, luggage & scarves. The distinctive tartan pattern is now one of the most recognisable in the world. In the 1980’s the company started to renew its brands & trademarks, accompanied by retail expansion, opening stored in New York & other major cities.

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Clean lines, classic style, and traditional colours (offshoots of the red, black, beige, and white Burberry check). The clothes are striking in their simple beauty.

Burberry London - Men's Tailored Clothing.

Burberry London – Men’s Tailored Clothing.


“Helping young people realise their dreams through the power of their creativity.”

The Burberry Foundation, established in 2008, is a registered charity in England & Wales. The organisation is dedicated to supporting young people & assisting them to realise their full potential while thriving in the world they are inheriting. The Burberry foundation has inspired over 44,000 young people through generous global donations from Burberry employees & customers.

This has been achieved by the combination of financial support along with the creativity, knowledge & dedication of Burberry employees. In the past Burberry has clothed & encouraged explorers, today the Burberry Foundation continues to do so, by helping young people navigate the uncertain experience of their age & the complex world in which they are living. The Foundation aims to inspire the innate creativity of young individuals with guidance & support, enabling them to develop new skills, confidence & ambition in order to realise their dreams.

Information Sources:
–  Burberry Site & Online Store
–  Thomas Burberry Profile
–  Burberry Group plc
–  The Burberry Foundation – Vision & Contact Details


Post 4- Costume Design- Ann Roth


I’m simply not a fashion person. I’ve never been near a runway.” declares Roth

With six decades in the film industry and over 100 film credits to her name, legendary costume designer Ann Roth has earned numerous accolades for her diverse career, including an Oscar for “The English Patient.

Roth is noted for her ability to collaborate with actors and directors in creating rememberable characters, and has worked repeatedly with such artists as Mike Nichols, Stephen Daldry, Anthony Minghella, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis.

She gets her ideas from mountains of research. She travels, reads widely and pores over photographs, magazines and newspaper articles.

The designer takes after her mentor, Irene Sharaff, whom she spent five years apprenticing with in the 1950s. Roth graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) in Pittsburgh. Roth went on to work with Sharaff on the films A Star Is Born and The King and I, and on such Broadway shows as Candide and Happy Hunting. Soon after going out on her own, the young costume designer established long-running working relationships with Broadway heavyweights Neil Simon and Mike Nichols.

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post 1:Sub-Culture of Swing Dance


Swing Dance dates back as far as the 1920’s, where the African American community were dancing to up beat contemporary style of Jazz music, they discovered the Charleston and the Lindy Hop.


The three main styles of swing dance are Lindy Hop, West coast swing and East coast swing. Other popular styles are North Dallas push, Huston whip, Carolina shag, Colligan shag, St Louis Shag, Bop, Hand dancing and Swing out. Just to name a few.

Lindy Hop continued into the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and is featured in many movies of the era featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers with Frankie Manning and Dean Collins (whose style would lead to the creation of West Coast Swing), and Hal Takier and the Ray Rand Dancers. Traditional Lindy Hop in its purest form is found in many US locations and in Sweden. Swedish Lindy Hoppers preserve much of the old-style technique which was passed on to them by Frankie Manning, through various visits in the 1980s and 1990s

East Coast Swing is a simpler 6-count variation of Lindy Hop, that evolved with swing-band music of the 1940s and the work of the Arthur Murry dance studios in the 1940s. It is also known as Six-count Swing, Triple-Step Swing, or Single-Time Swing. East Coast Swing has very simple structure and footwork along with basic moves and styling. It is popular for its simple nature and is often danced to slow, medium, or fast tempo jazz, blues, or rock and roll. Occasionally, Rockabilly, aka Rock-a-billy, is mistaken for East Coast Swing, but Rockabilly is more closely related to Western Swing.

West Coast Swing was developed in the 1940s, as a stylistic variation on Lindy Hop. It is a slotted and danced to a wide variety of music including: blues, rock and roll, country western, smooth and cool jazz. It is popular throughout the United States and Canada but was uncommon in Europe and most of Asia until the 21st Century. West-coast-swing communities are growing in Australia, Brazil, France, India, New Zealand, Ukraine, Romania and the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

The Savoy Ballroom in New York was an immediate success opening in 1926. With its block-long dance floor and raised double bandstand intact. Nightly dancing attracted New Yorks best dancers. Stimulated by the presence of great dancers and the best swinging bands, The night life was swinging from then on.






Although these photographs show models with high heals, the truth is to really dance you’ll find it painfully impossible to perform wearing high heals like these.

Read more: Swing History origins of Swing Dance

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post 3 Stina Persson

Stina Persson


Stina Persson is an illustrator that works in a variety of mediums such as watercolour, paper-cut, acrylics and inks. Her typography is luscious and exciting, so definitely take a look on the dedicated page at her website. What is liked mostly about her work is that she knows when to exercise control and when to show a bit more freedom; you can see this comes naturally for her.


Stina was born in Sweden in 1972, and has lived and studied in Tokyo, Florence and New York. Today, she is living in Stockholm, Sweden.


Her style has both a vivid and elegant feel. As she fuses the traditional with the edgy to introduce a modern look to illustration.


Stina says the ultimate goal with her work “is making the ugly prettier and the beautiful a little edgier.”


She creates her work by hand; using inks, watercolor dyes and colored pencils, and sometimes Mexican cut paper.The work is then scanned, and given a digital touch-up that makes original and glamorous fashion paintings with a sixties touch


Her Clients consist of Absolut Vodka, Nike, Godiva Chocolatier, Macy’s Department Stores, Bloomingdale’s, Penguin Books, Sony Music, Uniqlo, Rimmel, Urban Decay, Target, 2K T-shirts, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Elle UK, Marie Claire, Amica, Flaunt Magazine, Squint, Biba, Jane Magazine, etc

POST 4: Walter Plunkett



Walter Plunkett was a prolific costume designer who worked on more than 150 projects throughout his career in the Hollywood film industry.

Plunkett is well known for his designs for the following Gone with the wind, Singing in the rain, Stagecoach, Forbidden planet and many more.

Walter Plunkett was born June 5 1902, While studying Law at the University of California he made a quick change of interest when he found himself enjoying his involvement with the campus’ theatrical group.


In 1925 when Plunkett first arrived in Hollywood he held delusions of movie stardom. While he was eager to hold more substantial roles in stock and vaudeville, the best he could do to contribute to the movies was the occasional bit or extras part.

His career got a real kick-start with his first credit job as a costume designer in the 1927 film “Hard-Boild Haggerty”

Through the kindness of an old friend, Costumer Howard Greer, forwarded Walter Plunkett a job at Joseph P. Kennedy’s FBO studios.

By the time FBO became RKO Radio in 1929, Plunkett had worked up to the position of designer, working on such earlier RKO productions as Rio Rita (1929), Morning Glory (1933) and Flying Down to Rio (1933).


Freelancing after 1937, He designed for such independents as Hal Roach, Walter Wanger, Alexander Korda and David O. Selznick.

Thanks to Swlznick, Plunkett undertook his most ambitious assignment; Designing all costumes and uniforms for the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind.

Although He did not receive an award for his extraordinary efforts for Gone with the wind, as there was no category in the academy for costume designer during the time.

Twelve years later he shared an Academy Award with Orry-Kelly and Irene for An American in Paris (1951).

David. O Selznick himself said that if there were a category for costume designer all those year back, Walter Plunkett would have won it for Gone With The Wind.

After working  in famous films, big broadway and the magnificent metropolitan Opera. Plunkett decided it was time to retire out of the wonderful world of design in 1966.

He passed away in March 8 1982 at the age of seventy-nine, leaving a remarkable design footprint.


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Shortly before his death, Walter Plunkett personally refurbished the original dresses in the David O. Selznick Archive. These dresses, however, were made to last for as long as it would take to shoot the film and are still extremely fragile. However reproductions of the dresses were made in 1987 and are also housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre.

Post 5: Costume Designer – Valentino Garavani

Valentino Garavani
Fashion designer
Born May 11 1932 Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, best known as Valentino, is an Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company.
His main lines include
Valentino Garavani,
Valentino Roma and
R.E.D. Valentino
Consisting of Clothing, Footwear, Glasses, Perfumes and accessories.
Valentino became interested in fashion while in primary school. growing up in Voghera, Lombardy, Northern Italy, where he apprenticed under his aunt Rosa and local designer Ernestina Salvadeo.In 1959 Valentino started his first studio in Rome, after completing his fashion studies and an apprenticeship with Jean Desses and Guy Laroche in Paris. Where he helped style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes sketch her dress ideas. Valentino sketched furiously, between helping with window dressing and greeting clients for the daily 2:30 pm private showings. sadly most of his early sketches were lost. however a smitten of his early sketches were displayed at a Rome exhibition in 1991 and court the eyes of prosperous clients such as Marie-Helene de Rosthschild and Elizabeth Taylor. They were marveled that the DNA of Valentino’s style was already apparent in the layers of white pleats and animal prints.

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His collaboration with Giancarlo Giammetti, who manages the commercial development of the House of Valentino began in 1960. His first collection at the international fashion Gotha in the Palazzo Pitti, Florance, 1962 is a triumphant success. 


Valentino – “I have always considered my work as one of a writer. Over the years I wrote only one story, the one of my style, where each collection represents a single chapter” In the hands of new creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the story continues.

Post :5 – Fashion Designer – Vivienne Westwood

  Vivienne Westwood was born 8th April 1941 and is a famous British Designer who brought modern punk and new wave* (basically the reinvention of Rock n Roll of the 1960s, it incorporated few kinds of other influences) fashion into the mainstream.
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Vivienne Westwood says “Sometimes you need to transport your idea to an empty landscape and then populate it with fantastic looking people.”[9]                     viviennewestwoodshoe4
The pair of heels designed by Westwood in
which Naomi Campbell famously stumbled while modeling at Westwood’s fashion show in 1993[8
                                          A Video to watch on the link below.

Westwood started to sell her designs in her husband’s shop “Let it Rock” in1971. When the Sex Pistols, the English Punk Rock band formed in London in 1975, wore the designs from the shop of Westwood, Punk style started to become popular!

  Westwood has very significant impact on changing the fashion and this can still be seen today, her shocking designs were very influencial and were the best proofs of her work. Westwood is widely known asa political activist and this reflects in her designs.
In 1992, Westwood was awarded an OBE, which she collected from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace
    Westwood has six exclusively-owned shops; four in London, one in Leeds, and one in Milan. Franchise stores are located in Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, three in Manchester (Spring Gardens in the city centre and two others)[citation needed] and most recently, in FH Mall, Nottingham (20 March 2008),Blake Street, York (11 September 2008) and Cardiff City Centre (September 2012).{} She also has showrooms in Milan, Paris, Los Angeles and Honolulu.