Sir Hardy Amies was renowned for his witty and waspish nature. And his character never diminished – even in his late-eighties, he was still renowned for his outlandish statements and cutting rebuttals.
That side of him is perhaps what many associated with the house, but he was, of course, a vastly talented and passionate designer. Over his long career as London’s most successful couturier – he was dresser to HM Queen Elizabeth II from her accession in 1952 to his retirement in 1989 – his impact on fashion history has been far-reaching. Man, his 1962 catwalk show at The Savoy, was not only stylistically ground-breaking, but also served as one of the major catalysts in the big bang of British menswear.