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Alice Temperley's many muses

Alice Temperley's many muses

Alice Temperley counts a number of stylish women as her muses.

The British designer is known for her vintage-inspired gowns and embellished mini dresses under her Temperley London label, which have been worn on the red carpet by the likes of actresses Kate Hudson and Olga Kurylenko.

However, Temperley isn’t just inspired by a singular image or person.

"It's usually about a woman, the way she moves, where she lives, what she collects. It could be an old black and white movie or a photograph," she told Britain’s Hello! Fashion magazine of her design influences. "I have a lot of muses: Amber Heard, Arizona Muse, Helena Christensen, Dree Hemingway." Further, the 40-year-old is proud that her clients range from young ladies to mature women, including Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, and the fact that her garments are so in demand that she has stylists lined-up on waiting lists for specific items.

"We don't pay people to wear our clothes, and we don't advertise. If celebrities wear something, it's because they want to. They borrow clothes or pre-order," she explained. "We did dress Florence Welch a lot, but now she works with Gucci. It's a broad sweep of ages and it's very real."

The London-based designer is also a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, who often opts for Temperley London dresses when making public appearances. The designer admits she usually isn't informed in advance whether the elegant royal is going to wear her clothes and only finds out when she sees photos of the mother-of-two online.

"She (Catherine) used to come to the studio, but now she picks the pieces she likes and she knows exactly what she likes. I think she's doing a great job," she shared.

And while Temperley is thrilled to be a favourite of some of the biggest names in style, she doesn’t consider herself to be a "posh-frock" designer. Quite the opposite in fact.

"I'm not posh! I'm West Country not west London. These are my roots. It all begins here," she smiled.

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