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Maureen Baker (fashion designer)

Name  Maureen Baker

Role  Fashion designer
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Maureen Baker (born 1920/21) is a British former fashion designer. She was the chief designer for the Susan Small label for many years, before working for her own label. She is perhaps best known as the designer of the wedding dress of Princess Anne.

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Career

Baker rose to prominence when she was appointed in 1943 as head designer at Susan Small, the British ready-to-wear label.

Baker, then the chief designer for the ready-to-wear label Susan Small, created the wedding dress worn by The Princess Anne at her first marriage to Mark Phillips on 14 November 1973, at Westminster Abbey. Baker had previously designed costumes for Anne.

The dress was an embroidered "Tudor-style" wedding dress with a high collar and "mediaeval sleeves". The train was embroidered by Lock's Embroiderers. Anne was said to have designed many aspects of the dress herself. Compared to previous royal wedding dresses, it was described as "simplistic" and was noted as being close to contemporary 1970s wedding fashions.

In 1978, Baker started her own company 'Maureen Baker Designs', following the closure of Susan Small. In 1981, David and Elizabeth Emanuel consulted Baker when designing the wedding dress of Lady Diana Spencer. Baker created about 250 outfits for Princess Anne before she retired in the 1990s. Baker's work is in the collection of the V&A.

Personal life

Her son Jon Baker (born 1960) is a music industry executive, and a fashion designer and promoter. He is the co-owner of Geejam, a luxury resort and recording studio located in San San, near Port Antonio, Jamaica.

Later life

In 2011, the 90-year-old Baker was living with her son Jon Baker in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

References

Maureen Baker (fashion designer) Wikipedia


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