Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diana, Jemima Khan, Queen Rania of Jordan, Samantha Cameron and Jerry Hall have all worn creations by this master tailor. But his life in high fashion belies his humble beginnings. He was a Barnado’s boy, raised in near poverty, who dreamed of making it big.
“The trade in slaves at this island is very great owing to our supplying the French with that valuable commodity,” he observed in a private letter to George III.
The Crown’s act of willful forgetting demonstrates how easy it was to overlook—then and now—the pivotal role played by the royal family in accelerating England’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the development of an Atlantic empire built on the backs and blood of African and Indigenous people.
The evocative, soulful voice which she boldly put forth as a force for good, turned any song she sang into her own. Today, Billie Holiday is remembered for her musical masterpieces, her songwriting skills, creativity and courageous views on inequality and justice.
“The time has arrived for both black and yellow seamen to be sent their native countries, and not remain here to be maintained by British funds ready to supplant white labour”.