Caryn Franklin: My double life as a carer

Caryn Franklin used to present the BBC's Clothes Show, but behind the scenes she played a very different role – caring for a partner with Ms. She talks about how his illness shaped her thinking about the body, so central to her career in fashion

In her late 20s, Caryn Franklin fell madly in love. Mandu Saldaan was a few years younger. "Mandu was this very politicised, handsome young man and I was this easy-going middle-class girl. He was mixed race and proudly working class, a writer from Hackney, working on a film called Young Soul Rebels, which was all about race and music. It went on to win the critics' prize at the Cannes film festival. I was so attracted to his thinking. It was a brilliant intellectual lust."

From the outset it was not a relaxed relationship and Caryn wasn't sure it would continue. "There was this one thing
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