Fashion appears in the Threads trilogy and The Look, can you explain why this element is significant to you?
I actually never expected to write about fashion. I've always been interested in art and literature - creative things - and fashion was an extension of that. My family helped. My uncle was a sailor and collected costume dolls from around the world for me. My mother and both my grandmothers knitted, smocked and sewed things for me, too. I think it started there.
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What are your sources of inspiration for the fashion elements?
What sort of fashion ‘research’ did you have to do for The Look and tell us about something you learnt in the process?
Have you ever been to a fashion show?
I have. Since Threads came out, I've been to two London Fashion Week shows. Before that, the only one I'd been to - for research - was run by my local fashion boutique in the back room of a restaurant in Wandsworth. I loved the music, the lights, and the sense of occasion of all of them. But I couldn't relate to the fashion of the two posh ones at all. All the clothes were shown on exhausted-looking, skeletally thin young models, so I couldn't imagine them on me. And I just wanted to take the models home and give them a good meal. I think a great fashion show could be a fabulous event. I'd adore to go to one of Sarah Burton's for Alexander McQueen, for example. The craftsmanship and theatricality there is amazing. But I'd really, really like the models to start looking like women, not underfed young girls.
|Sophia's gorgeous wedding dress :)|
What was your fashion sense like as a teenager, were you more of a Ted or an Ava?
I veered wildly and unpredictably between the two. I tried to be an Ava, but often ended up as a Ted. There are many, many outfits I'm not proud of. But if I could go back, I would be more eccentric and outrageous. Your teens are a time to be experimental. Go crazy and have fun!
What a fabulous question! Oh my goodness - where do I start? I admire Vivienne Westwood tremendously. She practically invented punk in the 1970s and she's still going strong - dressing Helena Bonham Carter for the red carpet, among other things. But she looks a little bit scary. There's Phoebe Philo at Celine, who used to work for Stella McCartney ... and Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, who designed THAT wedding dress .... But I think I would choose Miuccia Prada, who's been designing quirky, lovely things for decades now. I love the way she likes to make one-off dresses with vintage fabrics. She's just launched her collection for H&M and I want ALL the accessories. So I'd pick her, somewhere in Milan (a city I love), ideally close to a stash of her H&M necklaces, so she could kindly give me some before I left ...
Louboutins or Jimmy Choos: Louboutins. I have a pair. Woo!
Shoes or handbags: Shoes
Christian Dior or Vivienne Westwood: Very, very difficult. At a push, Dior.
Ted or Ava: Oh no! By the end of the book, Ted.
Jesse or Joe (Drool): Jesse. Joe is mean. No girl should end up with him. (Although he does look rather like Zac Effron.)
Cornwall or New York: Aahh! The things you make me do, Beverley! Can't decide can't decide can't decide. Oh, OK - Cornwall. I got married there, in a little church overlooking the sea. Beat that, New York!
Thank you for letting me be part of your blog tour, it's a wonderful privilege!
Thank YOU, Beverley. It's been great!