‘I studied at Chelsea College and weave romantic stories into silk treasures featuring my hand drawings and embroidery. Growing up near the South Downs, I have always been inspired by the British countryside and my love for the outdoors and heritage can be found within my brush strokes.’ – StephieAnn Woolven
StephieAnn Woolven is a young textile designer who has recently launched her own lingerie business. Stephie asked me to participate in a photoshoot for her next collection, as she was keen to have a ‘real’ woman as well as a professional model. How could I refuse ?
We spent a sunny May day at a beautiful house in Storrington, on the edge of the Sussex Downs. Makeup artist Jade Victoria worked her magic on our faces and hair, getting us photo ready.
I got to model Stephie Ann’s beautiful lingerie including silk camisoles, lounge pants and scarves. It was really fun – and also scary as, let’s face it, I am 49 years old and not a professional ! The other model, gorgeous Amy Neville (find her on Instagram at @amynevfashiondiaries) is half my age and is a professional, and it was great to watch her work.
One of the pieces I wore was the ‘Pansy’ camisole (pictured left, and worn with a denim jacket, right) from Stephie’s Hammer Through Daisies collection from S/S16 – it’s a classic style and is currently her best selling product. The print is on a silver grey background with royal blue flowers created from Stephie’s drawings and photography. The photos for the pattern were taken with a blurred 3-D effect, so there’s lots of movement in the print.
I also wore several pieces from her Autumn Winter 2017 collection, which is not yet available on her website, so you’re getting a sneak preview ! The collection is called That Tender Light, from the poem ‘As She Walks in Beauty’ by Lord Byron. Pictured here is the ‘Midnight’ camisole worn simply with my own jeans.
I couldn’t believe how exhausting the day was ! Even though there was lots of waiting around between shots, it was an incredibly intense process. It was such a treat to have professional photos taken, and have my hair and makeup done – and it was incredibly flattering to be asked to participate.
More information about Stephie and her collection are available at www.stephieanndesign.com
Hair and makeup by Jade Victoria
Photography by Klicka