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Richard Tyler: Designer

Richard Tyler was born in 1946 in Australia, the son of a seamstress and costume designer. His first shop, Zippity-doo-dah, was opened in Melbourne when he was eighteen - only two years after leaving school to work for a Savile Row-trained tailor. His background and education were to prove invaluable in his recognition as a craftsman of women's tailoring. Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Tyler's skills brought him success in designing clothes for rock stars. Together with his future wife, Lisa Trafficante, Tyler expanded into menswear with the opening of a boutique in 1988. This was followed by a womenswear range in 1989.

Many of Tyler's meticulously crafted clothes are styled on updated 1940s fashions. His celebrity clientele include Sigourney Weaver, Elton John, Cher and Diana Ross. Embodying a masculine, sculptured approach to tailoring, Tyler's collections are noted for their silk-lined jackets and exquisite craftsmanship.

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