My inspirations are the colour and gothic drama of Frida Kahlo, the jewellery designer Miriam Haskell's fantastic and intricate combinations of unusual materials - from the precious to the mundane - and the surrealism and humour of Elsa Schiaparelli

As you will see from the collections, I am fascinated by the lives of women in the past, whether they worked in a Vintage Circus, performed as a burlesque artist, a Fin de Siecle show girl or lived their life as a Geisha or a Saint.

Other themes I find interesting include the Mexican festival of the Day of the Dead, which is a cleebration of the lives of those who have passed on, "Sailor Jerry" style traditional tattoos, nature, and the endless courage and visual imagination of Frida Kahlo.

Frida with her hair down


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The jewellery designer Miriam Haskell and one of her gloriously glamourous sketches