- Bunny Roger
name = Bunny Roger
birth_name = Neil Munroe Roger
June 9 1911
April 27 1997
death_place = London
nationality = English
known_for = Couturier
Neil Munro ("Bunny") Roger (
June 9, 1911in London- April 27, 1997in London) was an English couturier, war hero and dandy.
Roger was born to Sir Alexander Roger and
Helen Stuart Clark, both from Scotland. He read History at Balliol College, Oxford, though only for a year, then studied drawing at The Ruskin.citation |title=Obituary: Bunny Roger |periodical= The Independent|date= April 29, 1997|first=Clive |last=Fisher |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19970429/ai_n14114501 |accessdate= 2007-12-06]
In 1937 Roger established his dress-makers, Neil Roger in Great Newport Street,
He served in
Italyand North Africain the Rifle Brigade in World War II. Roger was a war hero known for his courage under fire. A story that may be apocryphal has him replying to a sergeant's question regarding approaching Germans, "When in doubt, powder heavily."citation |title=Obituary: Bunny Roger |periodical= The Independent|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19970514/ai_n14106904 |date= May 14, 1997|first=Raleigh |last=Trevelyan |accessdate= 2007-12-06]
Following the war, he was invited to run the couture department at
Fortnum & Mason. He invested in the House of Amies, and his stake was later acquired by Debenhamsin 1973.
Roger was known for the lavish and outrageous parties that he held throughout his life. These events were often
themed, as in the Diamond, Amethyst and Flame Balls held to celebrate the host's 50th, 60th, and 70th birthdays.citation |title=My dear, we always partied like it was 1999 |periodical= The Independent|date= December 16, 1999|first=John |last=Walsh |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19991216/ai_n14265404 |accessdate= 2007-12-06]
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