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Felicity Green

Pioneering fashion journalist Felicity Green joins Kirsty Young to choose her Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the pioneering fashion journalist Felicity Green.

As hem-lines headed north in the early 60s she was hitting her stride in Fleet Street. She was the first woman on the board of a national paper and, as society changed, she kept right up with it. She introduced readers to Mary Quant, Biba and Twiggy and, on one memorable occasion, gave Harold Wilson's wife Mary a home perm.

Now in her mid-80s she is still mentoring students at St Martin's College and says "I have never been fashionable - fashion needs to be followed at a very, very respectful distance. My blue-print for fashion is to be simple and stylish."

Record: Chan Chan
Book: Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
Luxury: A bronze sculpture by Giles Penny

Producer: Rachel Simpson.

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45 minutes

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Fri 22 Apr 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Dinah Washington

    But Not For Me

    Composer: George and Ira Gershwin

    • The Swingin’ Miss ‘D’.
    • VERVE.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Buena Vista Social Club

      Chan Chan

      Composer: Compay Segundo

      • Buena Vista Social Club.
      • World Circuit.
  • Doris Day

    By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    Composer: Madden/Edwards

    • A Portrait of Doris Day.
    • Stylus.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Somewhere

    Artist: Marnis Nixon and Jim Bryant

    • West Side Story.
    • Sony.
  • The Beatles

    I Want to Hold Your Hand

    Composer: Lennon/McCartney

    • The Beatles: 1.
    • Apple.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Stabat Mater

    Artist: Cecilia Bartoli (and June Anderson) with the Sinfonietta de Montreal conducted by Charles Dutoit

    • Stabat Mater/Scarlatti: Salve Regina.
    • Decca.
  • Barbra Streisand

    The Way We Were

    Composer: Marvin Hamlisch/Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman

    • Barbra Streisand Greatest Hits Vol.2.
    • CES.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons - Spring

    Artist: Gidon Kremer with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado

    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • Finishing the Hat - Stephen Sondheim

  • Luxury Choice

    • A bronze sculpture by Giles Penny

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Felicity Green

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