Laura McLaws Helms
Fashion/Cultural Historian, Writer & Consultant





Thea Porter (1927–2000) came to epitomize bohemian chic in the 1960s and ’70s, using an eclectic mix of luxurious fabrics for her signature flowing dresses that became favorites of stylish women everywhere. Faye Dunaway, Joan Collins, Barbra Streisand, and Elizabeth Taylor were fans; Vogue’s Diana Vreeland championed her clothes; and today vintage Thea Porter is worn by Kate Moss, Nicole Richie, and other fashionistas. This first book devoted to the UK-based fashion designer features new photography of her fabulous clothes and jewelry as well as press clippings, sketches, and excerpts from anunpublished memoir she wrote about her aesthetics, philosophies, and work.

Foreword and afterword by Thea's daughter, Venetia Porter

Hardcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (April 7, 2015)

Available for purchase on Amazon and at most good booksellers

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