Immie Thayer died peacefully at her home in Ipswich on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
Born in England, in 1928, she grew up in London, and then Wavendon, Buckinghamshire. She attended the Manor House School, in Limpsfield, Surrey, and went on to attend Saint Martins School of Art, just after World War 2. There, she met her husband, John Otis Thayer, an American, stationed in London, during the war, who had remained there, working, after the war. They married in 1947, and returned to the U.S. shortly afterwards. She and John had five children, and raised their family in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. A talented artist, Immie began designing and making evening dresses for a small women’s apparel shop, in New York. In 1963, she opened her wedding shop, Immie Designs, in Bedford Hills, N.Y. She was well known for her custom designs, and restorations of antique dresses. When her husband retired, in 1974, they moved to his family home, in Ipswich. Immie moved her shop there, soon afterwards. For three decades, she continued designing, making and selling wedding and formal garments at her shop, until her retirement, in 2006. She is survived by her son David, her daughter Dido, and her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband, John, and her sons, Sigourney, Nicholas and James, and three step-sons William, John and Crispin. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Burial will be private.