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I have long been an ardent admirer of clothes, I love to buy them, dress up in them, paint them and consider them.

I love the extravaganza of fabric: the two-way colour of shot silk, sometimes a blue with an orange shadow, or orange with a magenta thread. Fabrics delight me, the descriptions of Henry VIII's clothes enchant me.

  • King of the Stars
    King of the Stars
  • Lady in Waiting Shows Fabric
    Lady in Waiting Shows Fabric
  • Lady in Waiting
    Lady in Waiting
  • The Choice of Fabrics
    The Choice of Fabrics
  • The Consideration of What to Wear
    The Consideration of What to Wear
  • The Ship that Brings the Silks
    The Ship that Brings the Silks
  • The Silk Cloth
    The Silk Cloth

When I went to the Hermitage in Russia I was agog at the Tsarina's dresses. I was similarly thunderstruck by the Emperor and Empress's clothes in a Beijing costume museum. The richness and ornateness of these garments was spellbinding.

The Tsarina wore one if not several new dresses every day – a philosophy echoed in modern times by Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw and by Margo of the Good Life (ably played by Penelope Keith), who both believed that "one should never wear the same thing twice".


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    Paintings Water Colours 2 005
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 006
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 007
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 008
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 009
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 010
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 011
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    Paintings Water Colours 2 012
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