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50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
John Bates of Melrose, Massachusetts signs a memory book dedicated to President John F. Kennedy inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on November 22, 2013. Today marks the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dallas. UPI/Matthew Healey
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John Bates (born 1938 Ponteland) was a fashion designer who was part of the boutique scene that blossomed in London in the 1960s.

Bates apprenticed under Gerard Pipart at Herbert Sidon. From 1959 he began designing under the name Jean Varon.

Bates' work as Jean Varon in the 1960s was particularly modernistic. He designed dresses with bare midriffs, sheer panels, and very short hemlines, and as early as 1962 was designing high-fashion plastic garments. In 1965, one of his dresses with a mesh midriff was chosen as the Dress of the Year and donated to the Fashion Museum in Bath, which in 2006 held a major retrospective show of his work.

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