House of Lachasse documents the past seventy years of British fashion through the life of one designer. It tells the story of Peter Lewis-Crown as his life becomes entwined with the history of one of London's leading couture houses. It is a celebration of beautiful clothes, the talented people who design and make them and the lucky people who wear them. Peter Lewis-Crown shares insider stories from within the couture world. He recalls tales of high society fashion shows, confesses secrets of the fashion trade and explains what it is like to dress royalty. This book documents the end of an era of London fashion with the closing of Lachasse and the retirement of a great couture man. House of Lachasse consists of twenty chapters, each focusing on an aspect of Peter Lewis-Crown's life and its connection to fashion. Readers will learn how people kept up appearances during World War Two, experience a post-war London art school, see a couture house from the perspective of one of its employees and hear anecdotes about many well-kwn figures. The book includes photographs from Peter Lewis-Crown's own collection.
I dressed many people through my long career and, whether they were royalty or had saved up for a Lachasse garment, I gave each one a sense of confidence. I believe that if you care about your clothes and appearance then it gives inner confidence to you and joy to other peopleA . The above sums up the career and personal achievement of Peter Lewis-Crown OBE