Bunny Roger


Bunny Roger

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birth_name = Neil Munroe Roger
birth_date = June 9 1911
birth_place = London
death_date = April 27 1997
death_place = London
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nationality = English
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known_for = Couturier
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Neil Munro ("Bunny") Roger (June 9, 1911 in London - April 27, 1997 in 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, London.

He served in Italy and North Africa in 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 Debenhams in 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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