Savage, Percy (1 of 22)  An Oral History of British Fashion

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  • Recording date

    2004-06-04, 2004-06-11, 2004-07-02, 2004-07-09, 2004-07-16

  • Recording locations

    British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Savage, Percy 1926-2008 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: [4 June 2004] Born Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. How parents met. Father's farm in Brookfield, Greater Brisbane; farmhouse described. Education by correspondence but eventually to school with sisters. Parents' British Australian backgrounds: details. Grandparents: details. Father's fruit farm: details. PS' farm work. Prisoners of war on the farm. Attended Ipswich Boys Grammar School; tennis and football. Art studies in Brisbane; scholarship to Sydney Knox College while also at East Sydney Technical College in Darlinghurst; Slade Scholarship (1947). Father's character and career: the army, involvement in Empire Trade Preferences as a farmer; reasons for moving to Brisbane on retirement. Physical description of parents. Mother's personality, interests and housework described; mentions household help from aborigines. Meals, food, preponderance of fruit described. Childhood friends. Distances between neighbours. Exploring countryside with sisters, Mary Agnes [Golden] [MG] and Bettina Marjorie [Morphet Savage]. Sisters' careers and families in Queensland; rounding up cattle on MG's farm. Parents and grandparents' Protestantism; mentions PS' first and second Roman Catholic marriages. PS' current church attendance at Farm Street and Brompton Oratory; remarks about St Ethelreda's. Catholic friends: Tom and [Hélène] Chetwynd, PS' landlady. Parents displeased about PS' Roman Catholicism. PS' daughter Katherine Riley. Grandparents' homes described; visiting them for the holidays; Savage grandparents strict Protestants. Hall grandfather, a chemist: his beautiful shop. Portraits of PS. Mentions portrait of Prudence Glyn, and connection to LVMH [Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy], her daughter Victoria. Grandparents' attitude to smoking. Mother the disciplinarian; example. Comments on being taught at home.

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    Life story interview with Donald Percival Savage (1926-2008), fashion consultant and public relations executive.

  • Related transcripts

    Percy Savage interviewed by Linda Sandino: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

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