Entering Lisa Redman’s couture clothes studio just off Ladbroke Grove is a serene and comforting experience. It must be the sight of all those reassuringly beautiful pastel coloured dresses and coats hanging calmly, waiting for a grand event. Redman’s clients are a varied bunch. “I end up dressing whole families,” she says. “For an event I may dress a daughter in her 20s and a mother in her 70s.” Loyal clients vary from aristocrats to businesswomen, like Notting Hill superwoman and mother of nine Helena Morrisey CBE, chief executive of Newton Investment Management which manages £47 billion of assets. She makes dresses for brides, mothers of the bride, for Glyndebourne, for Ascot, Henley, Monaco and for the Serpentine Summer Party.
Inspired at an early age by a trunk of her grandmother’s couture clothes, Redman studied textiles at Chelsea School of Arts, so all the clothes are made from fine materials designed by Redman and “all the fabrics are made in an old West Country mill and all wools in Peebles in Scotland”. After Chelsea she worked with glove maker to the Queen Cornelia James, so she also makes a sumptuous line of handmade gloves to match your outfit (pic right). Redman grew up near Lewis in Sussex and was inspired by Charleston Farmhouse and the Bloomsbury set, with pastels and amazing textures and patterns in her work. Couture prices start at £500 for a top and can go up to £4,500 for a cashmere coat. Redman has just launched a readymade accessories collection stocked in Fenwicks of Bond Street and Fortnum and Mason, with gloves, scarves and fabulous feather collars. You can always pop up to her studio though, and choose what you like there, and colour match a scarf to a favourite outfit. Just email first at [email protected]