I was idly scrolling through Twitter this morning, when a single entry brought me up short. Lucy Yeomans, editor in chief of British Harper’s Bazaar, had tweeted:
“Such sad news about the death of Catherine Walker, the designer best known for her relationship with & creations for Diana. A special lady.”
A few months ago I posted the scan above, of a Catherine Walker trench, worn with Maud Frizon shoes in the pages of British W from 1988, which summed up my fashion longings as a teenager.
Catherine Walker was a key member of the United Kingdom’s fashion industry in the 1980s and 90s, and won Couture Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 1990, but is most known for her work with Diana, Princess of Wales, which started three months after the Royal Wedding in 1981, and ended when she designed the dress in which Diana was buried.
She had survived breast cancer once, but finally succumbed to the disease last Thursday.