Sarah Sophia Child Villiers had many names. To those who did not know her well she was the Countess of Jersey; to her acquaintances, she was Sally, but to her closest friends, she was known as Queen Sarah. A trend setter and social butterfly.
Sarah was known for her eccentricity and unpredictability. Elegantly outspoken, articulate and witty, she was well-known for expressing her opinions … but also for her endless kindness.
Lady Georgiana, the inspiration behind the Georgiana Collection; modern before her time.
Women have often been muses for artists. The Georgiana Collection was inspired by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Like her great-great grand-daughter Princess Diana, Georgiana captured the hearts of the women in the 18th Century with her rebellious and vivacious character.
The Salisbury Collection was inspired by Emily Mary Cecil, Marchioness of Salisbury. This unique and statement collection, reflects the passions and bold personality of our Muse: subversive, charismatic and wonderfully elegant.
The Irish Marchioness is best remembered for her prowess on the hunting field. Competent and courageous she defied tradition and rode horseback amongst the men, on many a hunt – putting many to shame. Her appetite for challenging the female role went beyond hunting and into politics – something highly discouraged during this patriarchal time in British history.
In a time when it was thought unwise for women to read, let alone write novels, London society was totally absorbed by a new book called Evelina. Little known to its readers, the novel was written by Frances Burney, also known as Fanny. Eventually, it was revealed that Fanny was the secret behind Evelina and she became a reluctant but much celebrated woman of her time.
Fanny disliked being in the limelight and preferred to remain out of the public eye. She was bold and modern in her career but understated and gentle in her character.