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22nd February 2024

Vanessa Bell, whose designs appear on several of our endpapers, had an enviably simple but elegant millinery style, often wearing softly structured hats with fabulously wide brims, perhaps to shade her eyes when painting outdoors or gardening. This photo, taken at Charleston, shows just how timeless her style was. There is an interesting chapter on Vanessa Bell in Charlie Porter's recent book Bloomsbury and the Philosophy of Fashion

 

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