Five things inspired by Charleston


1. Life in Squares, summer 2015

The three-part BBC drama about the entangled lives and love affairs of the Bloomsbury group was partly filmed at Charleston, and focuses on the sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Look out for scenes filmed at Charleston, in the Garden Room, Vanessa Bell's Bedroom and the Studio in part three. Hyde Estate in Bedfordshire stood in for Charleston in the early days of Bloomsbury's inhabitation.

2. The Bloomsbury Girls, Burberry autumn/winter 2014

Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative and CEO, took everything back to craft with his collection The Bloomsbury Girls. From shawls to shearling coats, everything in Burberry’s autumn/winter 2014 show was hand-painted and glowed with bold colours. ‘It was the idea of going back to things I loved’, Bailey told New York Times. ‘Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and Charleston, the house where they painted everything that moved.’

3. Amongst the Bohemians, Harper’s Bazaar, November 2014

Charleston provided the perfect setting for the fashion shoot Amongst the Bohemians for Harper’s Bazaar (see gallery, below). Styled by Cathy Kasterine, the feature celebrated the season’s best in painterly fashion prints. Against the backdrop of Bell and Grant's paintings and interior designs, Lera Tribel modelled quintessentially Bloomsbury-style long skirts, flowing floral dresses and bold coats. The intricate embroidery is reminiscent of the household's deep appreciation for craft and the recurring foliage reflects their love of the great outdoors.

4. Men’s Bloomsbury autumn fashion shoot, The Guardian, October 2014

The Guardian’s fashion team descended upon Charleston farmhouse for the men’s autumn fashion shoot last year. Shot in the garden and Duncan Grant’s Studio – with its gorgeously painted fireplace (see gallery) – the selection of floral shirts, flowing scarves and bold suits channel autumnal nostalgia.

5. Bohemian Rhapsody, Vogue, September 2014

In an article for Vogue, the proprietor of online homeware shop Ancient Industries, Kendra Wilson, compiled a collection of home and fashion items in the spirit of Charleston and the Bloomsbury Group. According to Wilson, to have the air of Bloomsbury, the items needed to be made to last, created with a deep knowledge of the craft and, preferably, produced locally. ‘Honesty is in the brushstroke, all life is a cross-stitch,’ she wrote.

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