Not really sure how I have negotiated today without having at least one panic attack. I never thought I’d meet Barack Obama and am possibly even more in awe of his wife, Michelle. So the fact that we’re off to the US Ambassador’s residence very soon to meet them both is very big news indeed. It is possibly the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me – Oscars notwithstanding!
The Green Carpet Challenge is of course coming with me. I am wearing Henrietta Ludgate who has created this wonderful gown for me. Henrietta embodies English style and always gives it that extra “quirky” twist. Made from end-of-line duchess silk satin, all the material for this piece was sourced locally – not only giving this dress a very low carbon footprint but allowing the process to go from design to finished garment in a matter of days.
The dress has an unexpected pleated back, inspired by the traditional kilt and reminiscent of the Art Deco period – when the art of pleating was at its peak. According to Henrietta, “The tradition of Scottish kilts dates back to at least the 16th Century and pleating further still. With the increase in the cost of handwork, and too few skilled replacements, traditional specialised production units – such as pleaters – are increasingly struggling to remain open. The artisan pleaters used in the making of this dress have been going since the Twenties and are one of the few remaining artisan pleaters in the UK.”
And as an extra green-aside, even the pleating was achieved using a steam heat chemical-free process! My shoes and clutch are by Roger Vivier; vintage rings courtesy of Michelle Franklin and earrings by Susannah Lovis.