London based designer, Catherine Walker, was originally born in France as Catherine Marguerite Marie-Therese Baheux. Catherine can be remembered for designing and supplying over 1,000 gowns and outfits for Diana Princess of Wales who was also buried in a black gown designed by her.
Her commercial life began selling children’s clothes before moving on to designing and specializing in high-end evening wear, occasionwear and wedding gowns. Catherine Walker had many noble clients, her most memorable being Princess Diana of which Catherine was among her favorites. Her professional relationship with Diana began just a few months after her marriage to prince Charles and continued until her death providing the Princess with many iconic gowns including the ‘Elvis’ gown shown below.
Lady Helen Taylor, daughter of the Duke of Kent, wore a gown designed by Catherine Walker ( below) that was inspired by the architecture of the wedding venue, St Georges Chapel Windsor, when she married Tim Taylor in 1992.
Catherine’s designs have also been chosen by Kate Middleton and her mother, Carol. Carol wore this pale blue Walker design at her daughters marriage to Prince William.
Kate herself chose a Walker design in this red coat while on her tour of North America.
The designer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, and was treated surgically but sadly died from the disease on this day, September 23 2010.