Thea Porter was popular in late 1960-1970th. She born in Jerusalem to an Irish missionary and was raised in Damascus, Syria. She moved to London in 1966, at the age of 40. She opened her own textile and fashion boutique — Thea Porter Decorations. The shop sold Eastern textiles and caftans imported from Persia, Syria, and India. The caftans began to sell so quickly that her imports couldn’t keep up with the demand, so she began designing and producing them herself. Her clothing range is easily identifiable by intricately decorated, hand painted, and layered fabric.
Her clothing was erotic, yet comfortable. Her customers included Lauren Bacall, Bianca Jagger, Mick Jagger, Inaara Aga Khan, Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor. She was so widely popular in the late 1960s, that one critic even commented in 1969 that “The audience at the London premiere of the hippy musical Hair seemed to be completely dressed by Thea Porter.”
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