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Rootless: An Autobiography Bruce Oldfield

Rootless: An Autobiography

Bruce Oldfield

Published August 4th 2005
ISBN : 9780099462330
Paperback
384 pages
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Born a mixed-race, illegitimate child to an irresponsible, care-free mother and an anonymous Jamaican boxer, Bruce Oldfields entry into the world was anything but conventional. As his mother was moved from hospital to mental home to supervision byMoreBorn a mixed-race, illegitimate child to an irresponsible, care-free mother and an anonymous Jamaican boxer, Bruce Oldfields entry into the world was anything but conventional. As his mother was moved from hospital to mental home to supervision by her mother, likewise Bruce moved through several boys homes before being fostered for twelve years with a woman who became known as Mum and with three other mixed-race children who became his brothers and sisters.Bruces family rarely strayed far from living just above the bread line. To make up the finances Bruces foster mum worked as a seamstress. It was her talent to make fabulous clothes from scraps of material that captured Bruces imagination.What began as a hobby and desire to ease the familys financial worries became Bruces lifes work as he rose through the ranks of top designers in London, New York and Paris to become one of the best known and best loved figures in the fashion world.He created the most beautiful clothes for an amazing range of people - from the Princess of Wales to Dame Edna Everage.After thirty years in the business it seems an opportune moment to put down an account of my life, as much to evaluate where Ive been as to decide where Im going.