About Linda

Linda Watson is a fashion historian at heart, and her writing has been mainly biographical. She recently wrote Vogue on Vivienne Westwood in collaboration with Vivienne who not only agreed to be extensively interviewed but was also consulted on the photographic content. Linda’s best-selling book Vogue Twentieth Century Fashion is a flypast of 100 years of style together with biographies of the seminal fashion designers. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and the London Evening Standard. She has contributed to The Independent for almost 20 years.

Linda’s first job out of fashion school was assisting Vivienne Westwood, she then went to British Vogue as a Fashion Writer. Since then she has written freelance (see above) and spoken publicly about fashion on B.B.C. Radio 4, Channel 4, the V&A, the Museum of London and photographer Nick Knight’s Showstudio. She has also been responsible for staging, directing and choreographing two tributes. The first celebrating the life and work of the late Jean Muir at the Baltic (2005) and another the largest exhibition of photographs by legendary catwalk photographer Chris Moore (2010). She is currently Reader in Fashion at Northumbria University and is writing ‘Fashion Visionaries’ – a book containing 75 designer biographies - for Laurence King which is due to be published in 2015.