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Beatrice von Tresckow


Vibrant colour is perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind when British fashion is mentioned however after a lifetime of international travel in countries such as India, Africa, and even Afghanistan, renowned designer Beatrice von Tresckow has brought back with her an array of bright colours to inject into the paling fashion scene.

The designer has established herself as an exceptionally talented and artistic fashion designer, creating eye-catching garments for many of society’s leading figures, counting amongst her clients Dames, Duchesses, actresses, Ladies and a Royal Princess – impressive! Beatrice is now a top choice designer for the social scene, with many of her garments worn at various charity events, race meetings and shows.

Beatrice was born in India to an aristocratic German family, then travelled and lived in many countries throughout Asia, Africa and Afghanistan during her childhood. Her experience of these exotic destinations was to influence many of the unusual and striking designs which you can see in her stores today.

After completing a degree in textile design, Beatrice turned her talents to fashion, initially out of her own house. The success of this venture, together with her increasing recognition as a distinguished designer, led her to open her own shop in Bath Road, Cheltenham. A second store in London’s Fulham road swiftly followed, which was later replaced by a store on the Portobello Road in Notting Hill Gate.

The store on Montpellier Walk opened in 2008, and it is quite a spectacle. The interior of the shop features hand painted murals of mermaids on a bright blue background which, coupled with the rails of vibrant clothing, is so overwhelming you have to open your eyes pretty wide to take it all in!

The items feature vibrant and exciting colours, often embellished with elaborate beading and embroidery. This season’s collection contains another heady mix of colours, combining rich jewel coloured beads and embroidery designs, with sumptuous silks velvets and chiffons. They are made with an element of versatility meaning you can wear the designs anywhere from a summer barbecue to a wedding.

Manager Nichola was wearing a beautiful long pink jacket, however if you are simply not brave enough to wear something so flamboyant, it may be best to start with the smaller shawls and little waist-length jackets which are equally as lovely and can really brighten up a plain outfit.

Beatrice uses a huge variety of fabrics in the design of her clothes, all of which are of the highest quality. From English silks and velvets, to fine georgettes and chiffons, and including, of course, the fabulous sari fabrics often used in the linings, for which many of the garments are particularly admired.

As well as clothing, Beatrice designs shoes, jewellery and scarves. The shoes come in sizes 37-42 and are designed to complement the clothes well. There are three different varieties; silk beaded, velvet beaded and Fab & Funky!

You can now purchase Beatrice von Tresckow designs from the website:

The homepage states that the mission at Beatrice von Tresckow Designs is to maintain a personal service to their customers at all times, however you choose to visit them.

Although I recommend visiting the store to really get a feel for the style.

To read a longer interview with Beatrice von Tresckow please see our October 2010 edition or click the link below to view the article online: