Firstly I would like to thank Helen Rochester, who commissioned the book, and Sophie Wise, my indefatigable editor. Sophie enabled me to write a better book than I thought I was capable of and I hope she is as happy with the result as I am.
Claire Gouldstone is a legend and I am certainly not the first to say this. As my picture researcher, she proved it time and again. In the simplest possible terms: thank you, Claire.
To the team at Praline who made the book, which contains so many images, look both cohesive and glamorous, while responding to all my ‘suggestions’: thank you very much.
To all the fashion illustrators contained in here: I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your time, support and, above all, your talent, ...