The Victorian dressmaker who made her mark on the world in the 1920s is having her black eyes fixed.
The woman, known as “The Queen of Black Eyes”, is in Australia today to discuss her work.
Her story is one of privilege and hardship, and of the impact that the racial prejudice she faced as a child had on her life.
“She has a black eye,” said Al Jazeera’s Alisa Shukla, who is interviewing Ms. Queen.
“I mean, she has that, but it’s not like it’s permanent.
I mean, it’s only permanent when she gets a prescription.”
She said the surgery was planned for today.
“This was a planned procedure, and the patient’s been told they can go home tomorrow,” she said.
Ms. King is known as a black dressmaker and a fashion designer.
Her work has been shown around the world.
Her style, however, has not always been seen as being appropriate for the era.
She first started her career as a fashion model, working with the famous designer George Barris in the 1950s.
She was a model for a number of years in the early 1980s.
In 1990, she was a guest of honour at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and then in the mid-1990s, she worked for the designer Marc Jacobs.
Ms King also worked as a designer for Victoria’s state government, where she worked on the Victorian Fair and Victoria Cup.
She died in 2004.
Al Jazeera spoke to Ms. Prince about her life, her work and her black eye.