Katharine Hamnett: ‘What would improve my life? A zero-emission jet

The designer on boarding school, wanting to heal the planet and being fashion’s first whistleblower Born in Kent, Hamnett, 72 , studied fashion at Saint Martin’s School of Art. She launched her womenswear label in 1979, followed by menswear in 1981, the year she also released her first slogan T-shirt. In 1984 she was named designer of the year by the British Fashion Council. On 16 and 17 September she is hosting a workshop at Hoi Polloi in London, with proceeds going to the Judy Blame Charitable Trust . When were you happiest? Camping with my parents in the south of France. We went every year with the beautiful bell tent they made on a sewing machine. We even had a lavatory tent which was fabulous except, one day, it blew away with my father in it. Continue reading...