There is only one way to dress for The Season: Glamorous. Think colour, think gold or silver, think dazzling accessories. It’s all about head-turning looks for making a grand entrance. For the current issue of the five star living magazine Epicurean Life, I styled gowns in the Downs at Goodwood. And you can't get more glorious - or glamorous - than Goodwood.
We shot in the beautiful rooms of Goodwood House in the West Sussex countryside surrounded by priceless paintings by the haloed likes of masters, Canaletto, Van Dyck, Stubbs and Reynolds; with exquisite chairs, some too precious to sit on; and enormous ornate gilt framed mirrors, some like gateways to another glamorous world, all testament to the grand heritage of Goodwood as a stately home belonging to the Dukes of Richmond since 1697.
The Dukes, who have entertained over the years, have made Goodwood famous for lavish parties and balls. House guests have included members of the gentry and royalty such as Edward VII, also a regular horse-racing visitor along with our current monarch Queen Elizabeth who was a regular visitor to the races in July (she had several winners here) and often stayed in the house.
Today, it’s very easy to visualize the rooms filled with dancing dukes. This is because Goodwood is no cold, damp stately pile with leaking roof, fallen on hard and costly times. In fact, the rooms are surprisingly warm and cosy, heated to a constant 20 degrees, for the sake of the paintings.
This is all because the current Earl of March, (his father is the 10th Duke of Richmond) has managed to maintain Goodwood in all its glory (and heated rooms) by running it as a prestigious venue that echoes the house’s history of glitz and glamour. Goodwood is an amazing location - and as glorious as ever in all her finery, lovingly restored and preserved.
Hair: Ivana at Orao Hair Studio
Make-up: Rosie Kor
Model: Marketa at Leni's Models
Photographer: Darren Paul