Growing up in a house full of pins, I was always dressed in individual outfits created by my mother, who often recycled her own mothers clothes on account of their beautiful fabrics
So designing and sewing is in my blood…
A career in theatre and costume design then led via a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway to the creation of Alice & Co , a made-to-measure clothing business for women and recently Alice & Co PATTERNS so you can make your own. My patterns are based on the wonderful Telestia system to create a perfect fit and are made in collaboration with my daughter Lilia a specialist costume mounter at the V&A museum.
If you’d like to learn more about pattern cutting come along to one of my short courses at Ray Stitch in Islington London.
I’ve designed thousands of outfits, both for special occasions and to make clients feel wonderful even on a boring Monday morning. I’ve made clothes for the Lord Mayor’s wife and the head of security at No 10, wedding dresses from super-posh to rock’n’roll, kitted out tango dancers and the 50s-style singers The Tootsie Rollers I’ve made clothes to wear when you need to sack people, go to Scottish dancing, get that top job, cruise the world − and, of course, seduce that certain someone…
Fortunately, I get to travel a lot as my partner is a journalist who writes about hotels and holidays for publications such as the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times How to Spend it, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Harrods magazine. Which is inspiring, and means I have to a lot of lovely outfits myself, and often find myself hanging around in hotel lobbies thinking how if you have a nice dress or suit you really need to know Where To Wear It (link). Which is how this globetrotting blog came about, a source of free style advice, travel tips and motivation about how to get out there and look fabulous.
If you want to comment, ask a question or just say hi − or maybe discuss something new to wear − you can
Thanks for your time and safe travels,