Spring wish list: Devon fashion to covet

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:30 05 April 2016

Fashion to Dye for exhibition at Killerton

Fashion to Dye for exhibition at Killerton


Match the beauty of Devon’s ever-changing landscape and weave the joyful notes of spring into your wardrobe

Each garment displays an exquisite attention to detailEach garment displays an exquisite attention to detail

Floral dresses, flowing fabrics and colourful prints

Spring would not be spring without the delicate shoots of new life, rising from their wintry rest and exploding into a floral abundance of colour that makes the sun shine and the birds sing. Willow Hilson, owner of Willow Hilson Vintage Boutique, Exeter, couldn’t agree more. “I love the flowers and all the fresh spring smells; spring in Devon always brings hope. People seem to be lifted from those wintery blues and ever hopeful for warmer days,” she comments. And with warmer days come floral dresses, flowing fabrics and colourful prints, plenty of which you can find tucked away at Willow Hilson Vintage Boutique. “Each dress is hand selected and lovingly cared for before they come to the shop floor. With only one of each piece, and the offer of in-house alterations, we know that every customer will leave with a once-in-a lifetime dress that fits like a dream,” Willow explains. Willow has poured her passion for all things vintage into the boutique over the last five years, offering beautiful gems, a personal shopping service and honest opinions.

"The Secret Garden" Original 1930's Vintage Silk Floral Dress, £389

“‘Vintage’ is owning your very own little slice of fashion history and bringing it back to life – it’s timeless and it’s beautifully romantic,” Willow smiles. Breathe new life into your spring wardrobe with some of Willow’s floral favourites, like this original 1950’s Forest Green and Black Floral Wiggle Dress, £85. “For daywear, I love matching my florals with a bright and cheerful cardigan – a colour that compliments the floral print,” she reveals. By night, Willow suggests pairing florals with black. “There is something really decadent about a silk chiffon floral scarf over a little black dress,” she says. Mix and match your existing wardrobe with vintage pieces for a fresh look and a whole host of new memories. Located in Exeter’s Fore Street, the boutique is a treasure trove full of garments that have lived a thousand moments, just waiting to be discovered. willowhilson.com

Fashion to dye for

Rows of items waiting to be discoveredRows of items waiting to be discovered

A rainbow of rare designer pieces, toxic colours and secret dye recipes are revealed as the National Trust delves into its wardrobe of over 20,000 pieces from Killerton’s fashion collection. Discover how colours, dyes and design shaped fashion history in this new exhibition. nationaltrust.org.uk

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"Blue Moon" Original 1950's Blue Floral Silk Wiggle Dress, £75

The phrase ‘as pretty as a daisy’ has never been more apt. This 9 Carat 2 Colour Gold Daisy Flower Pendant, £70, will have you carrying around the beauty of spring wherever you go.


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P.S. If you have a Devon style story to share, please get in touch: alexandra.hurley@archant.co.uk

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