Princess Margaret wears fabric by Michael

It was such a suprise that I choked on my evening peach melba, when I glimpsed Princess Margaret wearing an exquisite dress made from fabric that I designed for Liberty. Now I have royal connections, well nearly.

Princess Margaret is a character from ‘The Crown’, a Netflix drama about the early years of Princess Elizabeth II.

After a little investigating on Instagram I heard from the costume maker herself who found the printed, silk bolt of fabric in a store in London’s soho called Misan. Michele Clapton is the very talented designer who works on many fine period shows. Michele messaged me, ‘it was the fabric that inspired the dress, I wanted Margaret to look like a wrapped gift to herself’.


The garment was constructed by Clare Ramsell who reminds me it is printed on a heavy weight, high-sheen silk.

The design itself is hand drawn ruffles and ruches of fabric. I researched a lot of classical Greek and Victorian sculptures in marble to put together the fully repeating design without the computer, testing my powers of repeat I had learnt at both Winchester School of Art and the Royal college of Art.

Here are stunning pictures from the making of The Crown with Vanessa Kirby playing Margaret.

Thank you to Michele Clapton and Clare Ramsell.