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Designer Catherine Walker dies age 65

Catherine Walker, the fashion designer favoured by Princess Diana, died last week at the age of 65 following a battle with cancer.

The French-born designer provided Diana with many of her iconic outfits and designed the black dress the princess was buried in.

Walker started to study fashion in 1976 while selling clothes from a basket on Kings Road in Chelsea. She later set up her own business.

She designed clothes for women and specialised in occasionwear, eveningwear and bridalwear. Walker designed two seasonal collections per year, as well as wedding gowns.

Walker won Designer of the Year for Couture at the British Fashion Awards in 1990 and Designer of the Year for Glamour the following year.

Her family said: “She will be missed by both this team and her family, all of whom are determined to grow the brand and the legacy of this great designer.”

She died in hospital in near her Sussex home on September 23.

Did you ever work with Catherine Walker? Please leave your tributes below for inclusion in this week’s Drapers

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  • Angela Marshall

    I loved her style of clothes, very simple, stylish and very elegant, and when I visited her shop as a new image consultant I found the team most helpful and friendly. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford to have any clothes made for myself but it was an ambition of mine. I am wearing her perfume today in fond memory and shall always think of her when I wear it on special occasions.

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