Even as a small child I was never very comfortable wearing traditional girlie costume of ribbons, frills and dresses. A pair of trousers and boots was always much more my style and has remained so ever since with one or two notable exceptions. As a student I collected all sorts of vintage items, amongst which were a number of vintage ball gowns dating from the early 1920’s to the 1960’s. Drawn to these glorious items by their fairytale associations, their delicate fabrics, the astonishing craftsmanship in every stitch and bead, I have always thought of them as my Cinderella dresses and somehow dressing up in them from time to time has never felt in the slightest bit strange. I have had the delight and pleasure of wearing most of them to balls and evening do’s at some time or another and perhaps because every girl, whatever her daily life makes of her wardrobe choices, has a little of the princess hidden somewhere inside, I have been very happy to be Cinderella for an evening………..