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Just heard Sharon Van Etten’s irresistible new record, Remind Me Tomorrow and we are playing it here non-stop at The Vampire’s Wife...
Back in LA, right now, doing Vampire’s Wife business and feeling a bit homesick. Not for my actual home (wherever that may be)...
Fills now my cup, and past thought is my fulness thereof. I harden as a stone sets hard at its heart. Hard that I am, I know this alone...
I can’t begin to tell you how happy this makes me! Beautiful Madonna is bitten! Madonna transforms in The Vampire’s Wife Spooky Creature Dress...
Life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes. It’s a universal truth, but the good part is...
“Words, like nature, half reveal and half-conceal the world within.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson. A lovely couple who live in Chiapas...
I was re-watching The Crown on Netflix over the holidays and the Royal photographer Cecil Beaton was represented as...
Just wanted to share this extraordinary love song by The Moody Blues with you. I guess you all know it, but sometimes we need to be reminded...
Here are some quotes from my favourite Chinese philosopher and all round wild man. I love his infinitely wise and pithy sayings...
I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying. I’m just saying...
May the road rise up to meet you. The wind be always at your backs. May the sun shine warm upon your face. The rains fall soft upon your fields. 
Here is our Christmas gift to you all, from The Vampire’s Wife. Nativity at Night by Geertgen tot Sint Jans...
I’m sitting at my desk, working on a design for pyjamas. My husband comes into the room. He’s excited...
“Oh, Marianne was terrific, and of course one never, at that age one is mostly interested in beauty. And she had beauty in abundance...
The beautiful, statuesque and heavily pregnant Erin O’Connor ignites The British Fashion Awards in a Vampire’s Wife Silver Lace Cape...

“Babe?” That’s my husband. We are in a car heading for the airport on our way to L.A. “Can you get me something from Duty Free?” My husband...

How beautiful is the Song of Songs from the Old Testament – a book full of longing and youthful love...
When I tried on the Emerald Velvet dress I felt instantly transformed into a modern day Scarlett O’Hara. I have a long love of Vivien Leigh...
Principal dancer in Royal Ballet, Francesca Hayward wears The Vampire’s Wife Black Velvet Sparkle Dress. We are honoured...
Here is the most beautiful poem from the political rebel and literary hero, Kahlil Gibran. I love his description of God...
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...