Autumn dresses with the magic of art nouveau

Charleston, the hallowed Sussex haven of the Bloomsbury artists, provides the perfect backdrop for this season’s sumptuous styles. Styling by Ann Shore. Photography by Yuval Hen

Molly Goddard taffeta Zelda dress, £1,900. Lamar silk/satin headscarf, from £55. VV Rouleaux linen poppy, £72. Rebel Rebel flower heads and garden flower arrangements, price on request
Molly Goddard taffeta Zelda dress, £1,900. Lamar silk/satin headscarf, from £55. VV Rouleaux linen poppy, £72. Rebel Rebel flower heads and garden flower arrangements, price on request | Image: Yuval Hen

“The looking-glass vision is of supreme importance because it charges the vitality; it stimulates the nervous system” — Virginia Woolf

Gucci silk Georgette dress with stones and beads, £13,500, and satin gloves, £400. VV Rouleaux velvet leaves (worn in hair), £23.95. Jimmy Choo embroidered Cloud clutch bag with crystals, £2,995
Gucci silk Georgette dress with stones and beads, £13,500, and satin gloves, £400. VV Rouleaux velvet leaves (worn in hair), £23.95. Jimmy Choo embroidered Cloud clutch bag with crystals, £2,995 | Image: Yuval Hen
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“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force…”

Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello embroidered velvet jacket, £10,400. Osman embroidered tulle dress, £938. Flower and bead gold headdress, stylist’s own. VV Rouleaux silk and velvet flower corsage, from £69. Rebel Rebel flower arrangement, price on request
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello embroidered velvet jacket, £10,400. Osman embroidered tulle dress, £938. Flower and bead gold headdress, stylist’s own. VV Rouleaux silk and velvet flower corsage, from £69. Rebel Rebel flower arrangement, price on request | Image: Yuval Hen
Ami by Alexandre Mattiussi wool coat, £1,705. Versace embroidered silk-satin dress, £11,480. Lamar silk-satin headscarf, £55. Heiter for Soboye wooden bead and stone earrings, £195. VV Rouleaux silk flower (worn on dress), from £49. Rebel Rebel garden flowers, price on request
Ami by Alexandre Mattiussi wool coat, £1,705. Versace embroidered silk-satin dress, £11,480. Lamar silk-satin headscarf, £55. Heiter for Soboye wooden bead and stone earrings, £195. VV Rouleaux silk flower (worn on dress), from £49. Rebel Rebel garden flowers, price on request | Image: Yuval Hen

“When I’m with artists I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful…”

Valentino – Undercover chiffon dress, £3,900. VV Rouleaux silk and velvet corsage (worn in hair), £69, and silk flowers (in hand), from £49
Valentino – Undercover chiffon dress, £3,900. VV Rouleaux silk and velvet corsage (worn in hair), £69, and silk flowers (in hand), from £49 | Image: Yuval Hen
Dolce & Gabbana silk-chiffon dress, price on request, and silk-tulle tights, £160. Dior cotton and polyester hat, £640. VV Rouleaux silk flowers, from £49
Dolce & Gabbana silk-chiffon dress, price on request, and silk-tulle tights, £160. Dior cotton and polyester hat, £640. VV Rouleaux silk flowers, from £49 | Image: Yuval Hen

“She came into a room; she stood, as he had often seen her, in a doorway with lots of people round her… There she was”

Alexander McQueen embroidered tulle dress with glass stones, faceted beads and silver chains, price on request. VV Rouleaux silk flowers, from £49
Alexander McQueen embroidered tulle dress with glass stones, faceted beads and silver chains, price on request. VV Rouleaux silk flowers, from £49 | Image: Yuval Hen
Prada poplin dress, £3,615. Lamar silk-satin headscarf, £55. VV Rouleaux assortment of silk, velvet and cotton flowers, from £7.95
Prada poplin dress, £3,615. Lamar silk-satin headscarf, £55. VV Rouleaux assortment of silk, velvet and cotton flowers, from £7.95 | Image: Yuval Hen

“One wanted, she thought, dipping her brush deliberately, to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that’s a chair, that’s a table, and yet at the same time, it’s a miracle, it’s an ecstasy”

Dries Van Noten embroidered wool dress, £1,395. Molly Goddard polyester bodysuit, price on request. Beaded necklace, stylist’s own. Gucci satin gloves, £400. Rebel Rebel garden flowers, price on request
Dries Van Noten embroidered wool dress, £1,395. Molly Goddard polyester bodysuit, price on request. Beaded necklace, stylist’s own. Gucci satin gloves, £400. Rebel Rebel garden flowers, price on request | Image: Yuval Hen
Dior polyester/polyamide dress, price on request, and leather and brass boots, £1,150. Versace Lycra leggings, £155. Dolce & Gabbana wool, leather and feather hat, price on request. VV Rouleaux silk flowers, from £49
Dior polyester/polyamide dress, price on request, and leather and brass boots, £1,150. Versace Lycra leggings, £155. Dolce & Gabbana wool, leather and feather hat, price on request. VV Rouleaux silk flowers, from £49 | Image: Yuval Hen

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