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'Fashion Designers' (clockwise, from left: John Bates; Bill Gibb (William Elphinstone Gibb); Dame Mary Quant; Dame Zandra Rhodes; Ossie Clark; Gina Fratini; Thea Porter; Alice Pollock; Tim Gardner; Jean Muir)

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'Fashion Designers' (clockwise, from left: John Bates; Bill Gibb (William Elphinstone Gibb); Dame Mary Quant; Dame Zandra Rhodes; Ossie Clark; Gina Fratini; Thea Porter; Alice Pollock; Tim Gardner; Jean Muir)

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, April 1973
14 7/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (377 mm x 393 mm) image size
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1937

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This photograph of leading fashion designers was originally taken for British Vogue, but was not published in the magazine.

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Current affairs

With the international oil crisis, and British coal miners 'working to rule' (a form of partial strike), Prime Minister Edward Heath implements the 'three day week' for industry in order to prolong fuel stocks.

Art and science

Pink Floyd release Dark Side of the Moon. The album opens with the sound of a heartbeat and instead of a set of individual songs, each track merges into the next to create a continuous piece of music. The LP was one of the most commercially successful albums of all time.

International

The Arab-Israeli conflict continues with the Yom Kippur War. Egypt and Syria invaded Israel followed shortly by Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The conflict lasted for just 18 days before a UN ceasefire was put into place. The events led to an increase in the price of Arab oil, causing economic problems in the West.

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