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Julian Mary Akers-Douglas (born 1950) opened her womenswear business in 1984. It was a small industry based in East Hoathly, Lewes, East Sussex, specialising in individually handmade garments and fine hand-smocking.

In her catalogue for 1992-93, the designer stated that smocking was her hallmark, and that she only used the best natural silks, soft wools and fine cotton lawn. She cited historical fashions as a great influence on her work. Each garment was handmade to order by a small team of skilled needlewomen. Julian Akers-Douglas, who was entirely self-taught as a designer, developed her own unique smocking pattern, which she called the 'Barham', and this was used alongside other traditional patterns and smocking techniques.

Most of the garments typically took 28 days to be made and delivered (through mail order), though the Barham smocked dress could take 35 days.


A wedding dress made by Julian Akers-Douglas is held by the V&A Museum, in London.


Julian Akers-Douglas silk dress100% silk tartan smocked dress, probably made in Sussex, England



Corporal haggisFor the Royal Scots Greys who are manning a tank named 'Doun Tha Whaha', the plump Muscovy duck looks like supper - a tempting delicacy in the midst of the Italian campaign of World War II. But how can they eat a defenceless creature who snuggles down in their tank throughout a battle? As Smudger the driver discovers, they can't.

This is the true story of Haggis, the Muscovy duck who became a friend instead of a feast - a comrade who shared the men's fears, fatigues and anxieties during five months of fighting in Italy; he later sailed with them to Glasgow, and even became involved in the invasion of France, finally progressing through Belgium to Holland until peach was declared in May 1945. Eventually promoted to corporal, he was 'awarded' the Italy Star and Long Service and Good Conduct medals; attached to an old bootlace around his neck he wore the cap badge of the Royal Scots Greys.

This delightful tale was initially related to Julian as a bedtime story by her father, the commander of Doun Tha Whaha. Frank and Julian Akers-Douglas now share this remarkable story, allowing readers of all ages to be captivated and enchanted by the exploits of this heroic drake, Corporal Haggis.



Buy the book - Corporal Haggis: The Wartime Diary of a Muscovy Duck, September 1943-May 1945








Hon. Julian Mary Warrender was born on 22 June 1950. She is the daughter of Colonel John Robert Warrender, 2nd Baron Bruntisfield and Ann Moireen Campbell. She married Francis Alexander Moreton Akers-Douglas, son of Major Anthony George Akers-Douglas and Dorothy Louise Gage, on 4 October 1974.1 She and Francis Alexander Moreton Akers-Douglas were divorced in 1997.

Children of Hon. Julian Mary Warrender and Francis Alexander Moreton Akers-Douglas
Joseph Michael Aretas Akers-Douglas 2 b. 1979
James George Akers-Douglas b. 1989



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