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The Vampire’s Wife Girl t-shirts are now a global phenomena, selling out in a heartbeat. Overnight, the Girls were seen...
I was a reading a book on dreams last night and found this quote from the amazing Anne Rice, who beyond her astounding...
As I go about things these days and hear so many divisive voices, I often feel that there is great pressure on us all to be what other people want us to be...
Who is that mysterious apparition in the Ca’Sagredo on the Grand Canal in Venice?
Here is a beautiful poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, full of all sorts of wisdoms and truths, sent to me by a friend...

“Are you okay?” That’s me talking to my husband. “Yeah, babe, I’m fine.” We promised we would never use the word ‘fine’...

Sitting here at my desk and day-dreaming, when I’m supposed to be writing another Stuff Post, I remembered a little bit of Samuel Coleridge...
Susie Cave won the Emerging Designer Award. Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay! Yay!
I just watched an amazingly delicate and thoughtful movie with Maggie Gyllenhaal called The Kindergarten Teacher on Netflix that raised so many questions...
This is my favourite poem today and Stevie Smith, my favourite poet. It is a strange, funny, violent poem...
Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! 
Singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore recorded the song “You Don’t Own Me” in 1963 while she was still in high school...
“Have you told those Vampire’s Wifers to listen to Rod Stewart and Python Lee Jackson’s In a Broken Dream?” That’s my husband. He’s in a happy mood...
Just to let you know that it is now my two hundredth Stuff Post! The Stuff Posts are a moment for me to step outside of the mayhem of dress designing...
Salma Hayek heads the amazing mothers2mothers organisation. mothers2mothers is an international nonprofit organization...
Beautiful Harriet Stewart wears The Vampire’s Wife Silver Cinderella Dress at HRH Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle...
We love the film Interview With a Vampire for its sheer sensuality and decadent, sumptuous sets and the doomed beauty of...
Sinking down by the gate I discern the moon, And a blackbird tries over old airs in the pine. But the moon is a sorry one, sad the bird’s tune...

“Hi, darling?” That’s me approaching my husband who is writing something at his desk, probably a song. “I’ve been getting letters..."

What a beautiful day it is today. Out my window. The sun across the garden. The glittering sea...
Alessandro Moreschi, First Soprano of the Sistine Chapel Choir was the only castrato ever recorded...
Lucinda Williams wrote this beautiful song, but Emmylou Harris’s version is just so poignant. That’s Neil Young singing in the background...

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down...

Happy Birthday, my husband, so far from me, a bit late, I know! Happy Birthday, my husband, so far from me, a bit late...
In January of 1939 Albert Einstein received a letter from a girl in the Sixth grade. It is said that Albert Einstein answered all his mail and this letter...
I’ve caught an autumn flu and I’m bedridden. But sometimes it’s so nice to be sick, don’t you think, because I can go to bed and I don’t...

I walk in. My husband is sitting at his desk. “Hi,” I say. “Hi,” he says back. “What are you doing?” “I’m writing a song.”

Today I received the Forget me not Mini Cate dress and it delighted me in so many ways. I can hardly wait for an occasion to wear it...
When I was just starting out in the industry and knowing nothing about anything I went to a page three agency called Glamour Girls to see if I could get a job...
“Each person is always on the threshold of their inner world and their outer world, between light and darkness, between known and unknown...

Have you ever seen the Merchant Ivory adaptation of A Room With A View (1985)? Why is there no continuing fanfare for such a classic...

Our beloved Conway passed away last night. A member of Bad Seeds for nearly thirty years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band’s live performances...
Here is an excerpt from a letter Bertrand Russell wrote to Lady Constance Malleson in 1916...
I’m sorry but I couldn’t resist putting this up. Mums in minis with matching kiddies...
I received a sad letter today from Deborah, who lost her younger brother, Tyrone, a beautiful soul...
She walks in beauty and makes the air shudder as she goes! The forever lovely and brilliant Thandie Newton...
“What’s your favourite poem today?” That’s my husband at the kitchen table and it’s eight o’clock and I’m rushing to get to an early meeting...
Today, I received the most deep and probing letter from a lady called Ashley that spoke very poignantly about the death of her uncle Edmond...
It’s that time of year when the husband grows quiet and the house is full of the sounds of that voice! It’s the time of year we dream...
The Shangri-Las were the brainchild of the shadowy Shadow Morton, who wrote many of their songs and produced their records...
Beautiful Chloë Grace Moretz wore The Vampire’s Wife Red Lamè Mini Festival Dress on the James Corden show last night...
I am the Unicorn Girl (someone who believes in Fairytales) -- but you are the Unicorn Goddess! When I think of you I can’t help dreaming...

“Hi, again.” That’s me talking to my husband, who is sitting at his desk. “You’ve got that look on your face again,” he says...

I found this picture of the great Joan Jett and, well, I’d never seen it before and it just reminded me how much of a woman of pure outrageous force she is...
We love the beautiful drawings of Egon Schiele here at The Vampire’s Wife. It’s the ‘male gaze’ gone berserk! The women he draws are so broken...
Someone sent me the message below after seeing a clip of The Bad Seeds performing Distant Sky in Copenhagen...
 received a letter from my Brooklyn friend, Janine, yesterday, and she talked very openly about the feeling of premonition around the death of her brother...
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief” is the most natural and human and agonising prayer in the gospels, and I think it is the foundation prayer of faith...
Let it be known that we love Cat Power. Let it be known that we love Cat Power...
As a little girl of seven and eight, I used to watch Wonder Woman on the TV and to say that she was a role model would be an understatement...
Dear Susie, We hope that you're doing well and wanted to send our love along with this great line from Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde...
I said goodbye to my son, Earl, this week. I took him to Melbourne, Australia where he has a part in a film. He turned eighteen on the plane...
My husband did a series of on-stage ‘conversations’ in the States a while ago and a friend of ours sent him these words in an email as a response...

“I want to put up a song that is savage and raw and defiant and completely racked.” That’s me talking...

Thank you for the gems of beauty you are offering us on the Stuff Page. One needs to be reminded from time to time that there is beauty in this world...

Thank you Susie for making the most beautiful dresses in the world. My latest photo shoot of my organic vodka would not be complete without your yellow and pink silk dresses...
“Charisma is the numinous aura around a narcissistic personality. It flows outward from a simplicity or unity of being and a composure and controlled vitality...
My husband and I received a letter from a friend. The letter had a lovely Carl Jung quote in it...

Maya Angelou composed the poem, A Brave and Startling Truth for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995....

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the Stuff Page. I go to this discovery every day with great curiosity and joy. The way you propose life gives me wings! 
The divine Sienna Miller wears the Yellow Silk Hummingbird Dress while attending the Chaos party in New York City...

Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s songs are some of the greatest songs ever produced and Dionne Warwick was the divine...

How would you sum up what you do in a sentence? I am stardust zooming through space that sometimes makes dresses...

I don’t know what it was about Debbie Harry that me fall in love with her when I was a...

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsburg created some of the most radical and perversely gorgeous pop songs ever recorded...
In the beginning we promised you five girls. The other four girls were devoured within minutes...
I was reading John Donohue and he wrote something about the wonderful poet and Spanish mystic, Teresa of Avila...
Little is known of Sappho but that she lived on the island of Lesbos, wrote lyric poetry that was honoured and praised by Plato....
Prepare to be blown away. Little Jimmy Scott (1925 – 2014) was an American jazz vocalist famous for his high countertenor voice...
“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy...
Lee Miller’s life was as extraordinary as her photos. A Twenties fashion model who became a Surrealist and later the only female combat photographer in Europe...
The morning after the Met Gala now and the theme was Fashion and the Catholic Imagination and I feel it only right to point out that...
What can purge my heart of the song and the sadness? What can purge my heart of the song and the sadness? What can purge my heart...
Here is a little story from the tales of Krishna and a gorgeous painting from a beautiful book on Krishna Art...

I love this song. I heard it first back at school but it was released in 1968. It is a...

I just found this photograph as I was looking through an old book I had of Julia Margaret Cameron’s photography and, well, I don’t know...
Circe is a goddess of magic, sometimes portrayed as a nymph, witch, enchantress or sorceress. Circe was renowned for her vast knowledge of potions...
Tumbling-hair, picker of buttercups, violets, dandelions. And the big bullying daisies through the field, wonderful with eyes a little sorry...
I was sitting at dinner with my dear friend and Vampire’s Wife collaborator, the photographer Polly Borland and I asked her...
I received this question from Elsa from L.A. who says she is a great fan of the Stuff Page and wanted to know what music I listened to...
A month or so ago, I did a Stuff post on the origins of the Hare Krishna chant. I had written that the chant was supposed to replicate the crying of a child...
Hello! Just writing to say that I am mesmerized by your vampiric world: the site, dresses, charms and the stuff section...
And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any...
I came down for breakfast this morning wearing a long, black velvet Vampire’s Wife dress and my husband commented that I looked like Morticia Addams...
I fink u freeky and I like you a lot. I fink u freeky and I like you a lot. I fink u freeky and I like you a lot. I fink u freeky...
The Hare Krishnas say the transcendental vibration of the chanting of the mahämantra is exactly like the crying of a child for its mother...
“Arachne was a shepherd’s daughter who began weaving at an early age. She became a great weaver, boasted that her skill was greater than that of Athena...
“The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and the eyes. Aside from that, I like nothing. My head is too small.”
Joni Mitchell’s performance of her song Woodstock for the BBC in 1970 is a form of perfection...
There are times in any business when things just don’t work out as you want and if you were of a certain brittle spirit you may think that the entire world was conspiring against you...
I found this beautiful photo this morning (someone sent it to me) and I had to put it up on the Stuff Page...
I was once given a Napoleonic camp bed by a boyfriend (it was a prop used in some movie) and someone told me that Napoleon practised...
Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair...
This is a public service announcement! If you are feeling a little sluggish or just generally need a reason to be alive, check out this song...
“People think that modelling is a useless profession. It is so incredibly maligned. You know, the model has very little respect...
Thank you for the absolutely exquisite crimson lamé veneration dress. It is literally from another world!!!
I am sitting in the car heading back to the hotel – I’ve just been at the Gucci show – and I’m looking out the window at the streets of Milan and remembering my first Italian photo shoot...
I had the honour of teaming up with my dear friend and regular collaborator Dominique Issermann to do a twenty-two-page shoot...

If you haven’t read any Joan Didion I really recommend it. She is so erudite, so interesting, so fearless, so...

On the day of breasts and small hips, the window pocked with bad rain, rain coming on like a minister, we coupled, so sane and insane...