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Muir [married name Leuckert], Jean Elizabeth (1928–1995), dress designer

Fiona MacCarthy

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/58049

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Muir [married name Leuckert], Jean Elizabeth (1928–1995), dress designer, was born on 17 July 1928 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, the daughter of Cyril Vernon Muir, draper's floor superintendent, and his wife, Phyllis Evelyn Coy. Later she preferred to give her birth date as 1933. She attributed her creative pragmatism and what became a legendary self-discipline to Scottish ancestry on her father's side. The understated elegance of a designer famous for her variations on the little black dress derived in part from childhood memories of visits to her great-grandmother, a 'stylish old Scots matriarch', whose imposing drawing room overlooked ...

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Subjects: Fashion, Jewellery, and Body Art

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