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Pictures: 50 Years of Caroline Charles

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She dressed Princess Diana, Marianne Faithfull and even Beatle Ringo Starr – and now iconic London designer Caroline Charles is celebrating 50 years in the business with a beautiful retrospective coffee table book.

A member of the original swinging sixties set during London’s ‘youthquake’, Caroline created her first collection in 1963 in a Chelsea attic, and launched it with a fashion shoot of six girls posing on a navy ship in Portsmouth Harbour. Showing her journey from hip London designer to a global brand showing at London Fashion Week, it’s a fascinating look at the evolution of a very British brand, and London style - and we've got a preview of the book to show you. Look back at her remarkable career in the gallery below.

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1964

    This image of Caroline Charles is from the designer's archive, and was taken in 1964.

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1960

    The stars dressed by Caroline Charles.

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1960s

    Caroline Charles, Mick Jagger and Chrissy Shrimpton, Jean Shrimpton's sister who joined the label as a model.

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1971

    A spread in Woman's Journal.

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1988

    Spring/Summer 1988 collection

    Image: Catwalking

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1989

    Autumn/Winter 1989 collection

    Image: Catwalking

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1989

    Autumn/Winter 1989 collection

    Image: Catwalking

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 1996

    Jodie Kidd on the catwalk Spring/Summer 1996

    Image: Catwalking

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 2011

    Spring/Summer 2011 collection

    Image: Nick Kelly

  • 50 Years of Caroline Charles: 2011

    Spring/Summer 2011 collection

    Image: Nick Kelly

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