The Thoughtful Dresser

Linda Grant, Catherine Hill, Linda Kelsey

26/02/2009 2:45 pm
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Clothes matter. How we choose to dress ourselves defines our identity. The former editor of Cosmopolitan spoke to Linda Grant, who has shown us that clothes can be a serious intellectual topic, and to Catherine Hill, who has proved that elegance and femininity can be life and death issues.

Linda Grant

Linda Grant writes both fiction and non-fiction. When I Lived in Modern Times won the Orange Prize and The Clothes on Their Backs, shortlisted for the Man Booker, won the South Bank Show Award.

Catherine Hill

Catherine Hill was the Joan Burstein of Toronto, starting her boutique, Chez Catherine, in 1972. She was the first to bring designers like Gianfranco Ferre, Armani and Versace to the very conservative women of the city and for three decades was the queen of the fashion scene. But she had arrived in Canada after the war, as a friendless refugee, not yet 20. Aged 17 in 1944 she and her family were deported from Hungary to Auschwitz. Her mother did not survive the first selection, her father died a few weeks later of typhoid. Incredibly, Catherine survived.

Linda Kelsey