Charles Martin LESTER

Biography

Gender Male
Titles N/A
Birthdate 1942-03-20
Education N Oxfordshire Tech Sch, Oxford Coll of Technol, Gwent Coll of HE
Publications N/A
Recreations Folly Fellowship, Steam Boat Association, rebuilding and restoring vintage boat, photography
Clubs N/A
Style Charles Lester, Esq
Career research scientist ICI Fibres 1962-74, teacher of design craft and technol King Henry VIII Sch 1976-79, head Design Craft and Technol Dept Haberdashers' Monmouth Sch 1979-84, dir Charles & Patricia Lester Ltd (textile and fashion design co) 1984-; estab (with w) lifestyle shop incl fashion, textiles and interiors in Knightsbridge, London SW3, together developed unique method for finely hand pleating silk and decorating velvet and silks, developed original methods for structure of garments and interior pieces; estab couture house selling worldwide incl: Fortnum & Mason in London, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in US, other stockists in Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Japan; additional products incl cushions, bedspreads, throws, unique silk tapestries, shawls and scarves; clients incl: HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Emma Kirkby; recreated Flaming June set for centenary of death of Lord Leighton (Leighton House) 1996; film work incl: costume designs for Wings of the Dove (Oscar nomination for costumes 1998), fabric for Hamlet, Greenfingers, Jack and the Beanstalk; theatre work incl all costumes for opera Iris (Holland Park Theatre 1997 and 1998, Teatro Grattacielo concert prodn Lincoln Centre NY 1998) and The Pearl Fishers (Opera Holland Park) 2002; featured in V&A Museum exhbn Cutting Edge 1997, solo exhbn Textile Experience (Leighton House) 1997; work featured in publications and collected in museums world-wide; Fit for Work Award (in recognition of commitment to the employment of disabled staff) 1985
Food and drink etiquette

Food and drink etiquette

Debrett's notebooks

Debrett's notebooks

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