THEA PORTER, DESIGNER, 72

NEW YORK — Thea Porter, a designer in the “hippie chic” movement of the Sixties, died Monday in London, according to a statement from her family.
Porter was 72 and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Trained as an artist, she opened a store in London in 1966 selling carpets, but she later incorporated clothing designs that attracted the likes of Princess Margaret, Raquel Welch, Charlotte Rampling and the Beatles.
She also opened stores in New York and Paris in the Seventies and had a brief business partnership with Princess Dina of Jordan.
She is survived by her daughter, Venetia.

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