Decoration and Dogs


After years of reading other
people's great blogs here I am making my own. My name is Stephanie Murray and I
am highland Scottish. Although my roots are very important to me in everything
I do in daily life I have chosen to live in France since leaving St. Martin's
school of art in London some hundred years ago ! After more than thirty years
of working in Haute Couture in Paris France I moved to Brazil where I created
my own label and then to China to design embroideries and purses and then back
'home' to France. I settled in the south of France before moving once more
inevitably back to Paris and back to fashion. In the south of France I took a
huge step back and tried to live a bit. I visited dozens of junk shops and flea
markets with my great friend and artist Britt Erlanson who has since created
her own label called Haekel Haus Company producing high end scarves and
fabrics. Both of us have Jack Russells which was initially the way we met and quickly
became inseparable. After some months in the sun I headed back to Paris I fell
once more into the world of high end fashion working with the Libanese designer
Rabih Kayrouz whose talent knows no bounds such is his gift for simplicity and
cut. He trusted me with his tailoring and his exclusive haute couture allowing
me to travel to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and around Europe following royalty wherever
their whims took them. In 2016 I received an invitation to work with Ines de la
Fressange again and create the ready to wear department for her reborn label
before transferring to a newly refurbished store on the rue de Grenelle. I was
sorry to leave Rabih who had become a friend but he totally understood and even
gave me a diamond necklace which has never left me since. Working with Ines de
la Fressange is easy; she has such an amazing eye for mixing up styles and
having fun through the process. I had the joy of working with her in the 1990’s
before her name was pulled from under her feet. Britt produced our prints and
exclusive buttons for Ines to coordinate the fabrics I sourced from a dealer in
end stock from such famous houses as Vuitton, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. I
met this wonderful young woman called Florence Barrett who did all the knitwear
working alongside Fleur Demery in the design studio. Florence in one of the
most charming girls I have ever had the pleasure to work with in the fashion
world.
As I write this I have again
stepped back from the fast fashion world and am unofficially retired although
very much active creatively. I live in a huge old house where I can finally
surround myself with furniture, books, art and the most desirable of things, a
WORKSHOP !! In Paris space is at a premium but here in deep Pays de Loire space
is abundant albeit slightly isolated! The other attraction being a terrace, a
huge garden for my three dogs and a garage and outbuilding for storage. Those
who know me know about that! So enough written, I hope that you reader enjoy
these few posts.


dimanche 17 avril 2011

Turning things around.



As I said before most of my tapestries were lovely as is once washed and made into pillows but chance showed me one day that the side that most people never see can be just as beautiful if not more so. Studying the thousands of stitches gave me the idea to show the reverse side of these works of art and turn them into 'something else' . This technique makes the pillows look a hundred years old in the way the English use antique textiles in interior design in England's great old homes. Finding really nice old frayed tapestries is almost imossible unless you are prepared to go to many sales and sift through the piles of musty museum pieces you can sometimes find there. Using the back side of these fifty year old tapestries gives you a hard wearing equivelent that can fit in with modern upcycled interior design. Here are some of my first trials which I think look really good. I backlined them with a gorgeous piece of designer fabric left over from covering one of Britt's sofas some years ago, its a great almost denim color and really compliments the tapestry colors. All the photographs were taken by my friend Britt Erlanson whose work you can see on Getty-Images. The photographs were taken in the gardens of a lovely old French house here in the country.

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