Vic Fair was born in Chadwell Heath, Essex in March 1938. The son of an industrial designer, he began his career in London, with design agency Hector Hughes in the 50s. After two years, he started at a new agency called Dixsons. After doing National Service, he later returned to the same agency with an increased input in to the design and illustration of their film posters. One of his first posters was the Quad for La Verite, for which he won an advertising award. In 1965 Dixons merged to become Downtons. During that time, he worked with artists such as Brian Bysouth, Renato Fratini and John Stockle. He also worked with freelance artists, outside of the company. In the 1980s he trained designer Marcus Silversides. He retired in the late 80s.