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American System of Manufactures

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — United States History.

(19th century)

The American System of Manufactures came to international attention at the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, London, of 1851, and reflected the rapid...

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Christian Dior

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1905–1957)

French couturier whose ‘New Look’ did much to rejuvenate the French fashion industry immediately after World War II. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in...

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Coco Chanel

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

1883–1971)

French couturière who originated the slim low-waisted style that dominated women's fashion in the 1920s and who launched the famous range of perfumes that bears her name.

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de HAVILLAND, Geoffrey

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

(1882–1965)

British aircraft designer, the creator of the Moth, Mosquito, and Comet. He was knighted in 1944 and appointed to the OM in 1962.

The son of a clergyman, De...

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Laura Ashley

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Industrial and Commercial Art.

1925–1985)

British textile designer and entrepreneur, whose nostalgic rural ‘look’, based on floral cottons in Victorian and Edwardian styles, captured a worldwide market.

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Mary Quant

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1934– )

British fashion designer and one of the principal creators of the ‘sixties look’. She was awarded an OBE in 1966.

While studying for a teaching diploma at...

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Yves Saint Laurent

Overview page. Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1936– )

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is closely associated with the ‘Swinging Sixties’, an outlook embodied in his ‘see through’ blouses of 1968 and his...

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