What’s the room and who uses it?
This is my dressing room, its also home to my shoe collection. I use it every morning to get dressed in and to paint my face. My partner William brings me a coffee while I do my make up and my little dog Rupert watches me, waiting until I can take him for a walk. I often use the room with my girlfriends to get dressed in the evening before we go out. Making ourselves more glamorous, listening to music, trying on high heels and having a drink. Its a bit of a shoe room, I love shoes, I especially love shoes by Terry de Havilland, also Preston Zly, Christopher Kane, Melissa, Manolo Blahnik, and Dr. Martens, and espadrilles for everyday wear.
What do you do for a crust?
I make clothes, I’m a dressmaker, costumier and designer. I have a shop/studio on Gertrude Street called Edgeley where I sell my wares and make them . It’s women’s wear, kind of easy glamour with elements of camp, kitsch, and cliche. I love helping people get dressed up, making sure they have the right earrings or shoes to match and the perfect undergarments.
What goes on in the room?
Dressing up, trying on shoes, make-up, and skin care lotions and potions, organising accessories like scarves, jewellery , gloves, bags, fans, books, listening to the radio, to podcasts, watching make up tutorials on you-tube, coffee drinking, lounging, wine drinking too.
Favourite piece in the room and why?
Maybe these Terry de Havilland Zia high heels. They were given to me as an engagement present by Liz and Terry so they are pretty special.
Anything on your wish list that you would love to add to the space?
More art work! I’d love a print by the artist Grande Dame she makes these wild psychedelic artworks I love them! Oh and more shoes of course and more make up and perfume and candles and jewels.
Describe the room in three words.
High Femme Den
Why do you love this room?
Because its all mine! Its not to do with work, its not shared, its an oasis, a space dedicated to frivolity.
What’s one lovely memory you have whilst being in the room?
This was once a junk room, filled with dusty junk and boxes of unused things, it was full right up to the top. When I moved in William said I could use it as my dressing room and slowly I moved everything out, painted and cleaned it, hung pictures, found furniture. I really look forward to coming in here every morning for about 45mins and on Sundays sometimes I spend an hour and a half just doing my face and hair, trying on shoes and outfits and playing with Rupert.