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Town & Country UK September 2015

Town & Country UK is the British edition of a revered American magazine that has been an arbiter of style and taste since 1846. This luxury lifestyle publication offers an insider’s view of fashion, society and culture with a uniquely British sensibility.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
magic carpets

Popular with interior designers and private clients alike, Deirdre Dyson’s sumptuous rugs are as pleasing to the eye as they are soft underfoot. Her new book records the various designs she’s created over the past 14 years. Dyson’s eponymous business is completely bespoke, so each rug is made from scratch to a room’s measurements. That said, she often gets far more exacting requests. ‘I’m taking some pictures of a painting right now – a couple sent it to me as they wanted a rug inspired by its colours,’ she says. Given that her new book is called Walking on Art, this latest commission seems particularly apt. ‘Walking on Art: Explorations in Carpet Design’ by Deirdre Dyson (£38, Thames & Hudson) is published on 14 September.…

2 min
partners in patterns

The artist and printmaker Angie Lewin is a woman of many talents. She is best known for her colourful prints of seed heads, grasses and wild flowers, and her distinctive subject matter has found its way into a panoply of forms: book illustration, tableware and, most notably, fabrics and wallpapers. The desire to create her own textiles and wallpapers led her to set up her own design company, St Jude’s, with her husband Simon 10 years ago. From the start, the couple were fascinated by how a previous generation of artists had dabbled with the applied arts. This is reflected in their stock, which now includes papers, soft furnishings, tableware and prints. ‘We had always been inspired by the work of artists such as Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Edward Bawden and Eric…

2 min
spread your wings

Practised in Britain since the beginning of the sixth century, falconry was originally a sport restricted to royalty and the nobility, but its popularity soon spread to other social classes. The possession of birds of prey was considered a status symbol: a king could fly a gyrfalcon; a duke, a rock falcon; an earl, a peregrine; a yeoman, a goshawk; and, as the Barry Hines novel on which the film Kes was based suggests, it was a kestrel for a knave. Before the advent of the gun, falconry offered a way of procuring food for the table. In the 1970s, it started to make a resurgence in Britain with the introduction of American species such as the Harris’ hawk – now commonly chosen for the sport due to its co-operative behaviour…

2 min
the parties of the season

RIDING HIGH This year’s Royal Ascot was a lively affair as racegoers, including Damian Lewis and Jeremy Irons, donned hats, ripped up betting slips and celebrated wins with a good measure of Bollinger. FIELD DAY Glorious Goodwood aficionados swapped the racetrack for Cowdray Park’s polo field at the Qatar Goodwood Festival Challenge Cup. Guests of Lord and Lady March were kept entertained following the match, when Isaac Ferry took to the decks. The highlight of the evening, however, was Princess Eugenie’s reply to a starstruck little girl, who was tongue-tied at having been introduced to a ‘real princess’. ‘We’re all real princesses inside,’ was Her Royal Highness’ heartwarming response. WELL HEELED Two hundred years after the Battle of Waterloo – almost to the day – the Earl and Countess of Mornington hosted a most fitting…

1 min
goodwood revival

A celebration of the golden era of motor sports, this is one of the more glamorous occasions on the calendar, and calls for a wardrobe to match. A lavishly pleated dress, a sumptuous cashmere coat, darling velvet slippers, something decadently pale: even minimalists should seize the chance to look as joyfully extravagant as possible. A dazzling display of diamonds is also a good idea. Goodwood Revival (www.goodwood.com), from 11 to 13 September. PHOTOGRAPHS: ARTHUR ELGORT/ART+COMMERCE, GETTY IMAGES, REX FEATURES, ALAN DAVIDSON, TOM ALLEN, ALPHA PRESS, WIREIMAGE, GRAHAM WALSER/HEARST STUDIOS.…

2 min
the descendant

You could say I won the genetic lottery – at least from a novelist’s point of view. Yet being the only great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell – the ‘real’ Alice in Wonderland, for whom Lewis Carroll told his tale – has also been a strange inheritance. When I was about 10, I was often asked to dress up in Victorian garb and read a big book on a windowsill for the press. Even worse was being asked what my favourite part in the book was: I didn’t have one; the book scared me. But slowly, things changed. When I was older, I used to go upstairs to the chest where my family kept all of Alice’s memorabilia and rifle through it. Alice’s son (my grandfather) had kept everything: her wedding ring,…