mother of pearl

As cre­ative di­rec­tor of Mother of Pearl, Amy Powney has mar­ried Dutch-style flo­rals with a hint of granny-chic to cat­walk ac­claim. She tells us about her new dig­i­tally printed, pat­tern-smoth­ered home­ware line

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HOW DID your CA­REER in FASH­ION Be­gin? i be­gan at mother of pearl fresh after grad­u­at­ing 12 years ago, be­gin­ning as a stu­dio as­sis­tant and pro­gress­ing to a part­ner and cre­ative di­rec­tor. be­fore this, i in­ter ned at giles dea­con just as he was be­com­ing a big name. it was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence and taught me huge amounts.

HOW WOULD you DE­SCRIBE THE MOTHER OF PEARL AES­THETIC? it’ s a real bal­ance of play­ful and se­ri­ous. the brand phi­los­o­phy is se­ri­ous qual­ity and ethics bal­anced with play­ful vi­su­als and tone of voice. my de­signs fea­ture mas­cu­line sil­hou­ettes with fem­i­nine de­tail­ing, us­ing jux­ta­pos­ing ref­er­ences like the work of so­cial­ist pho­tog­ra­pher nick waplingt on and royal tu­dor dresses. the key to the cloth­ing is that it ap­peals to our dif­fer­ent e mo tions; i have days when i want to hide un­der a gi­ant hoo die but also days when if eel more ad­ven­tur­ous.

HOW DID THE in­te­ri­ors COL­LEC­TION COME ABOUT? i’ m al­ways in­spired by maxim a list wall­pa­pers, up­hol­stery fab­rics and cur­tains, sow he ni started to ren­o­vate my house, i couldn’ t re­sist am other of pearl in­te­rior range. who wouldn’ t want to match their out­fit with their cush­ions?

DE­SCRIBE THE look OF your HOME. it has a min­i­mal back drop of ebony floor­ing and white walls,

giv­ing me a blank can­vas to lift with lots of plant life and scat­ter with coloured flora ls,

prints and hints of dark green in­clud­ing far row& ball’ s stu­dio green. it’s a vic­to­rian house but i’ m ob­sessed with ge­or­gian pro­por­tions so i’ ve cheated with tall, dou­ble ge­or­gian style doors into my liv­ing room.

WHERE DOES THE in­spi­ra­tion FOR your Prints COME FROM? it usu­ally comes from old dutch flora ls or old paint­ings like

Hieronym us bosch’ s the gar­den of Earthly de­lights.

WHAT ARE you Work­ing On next? Sus­tain­abil­ity is my ma­jor pas­sion. we have just launched no frills, a core col­lec­tion of ev­ery­day pieces made with a low-car­bon foot print and us­ing or­ganic ma­te­ri­als, as well as a sus­tain­able cap­sule col­lec­tion of evening wear.

FROM TOP Chrysan­the­mum Olive; Au­tumn Bloom; Am­ber Tulip; Vi­enna Flo­ral; Am­ber Tulip quilted; and Ze­bra Baroque quilted cush­ions, all from £125 each (moth­erof­pearl.co.uk)

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