A stylist’s wardrobe is a sacred place, where you’ll find their most treasured discoveries (whether they be the world’s rarest pieces or a £1 car-boot find). It’s about a lifelong love affair with fashion, as stylist and consultant FRANCESCA BURNS explains. Here she turns back the clock and speaks to Julia Hobbs about the looks that defined her youth

Photography by Angelo Pennetta  Styling by Francesca Burns


Catsuit by Pam Hogg, gifted from Mandi Lennard; shoes by Vivienne Westwood, courtesy of Steven Philip’s personal collection

“The second-skin Pam Hogg catsuit was given to me by fashion legend Mandi Lennard. By day, I would wear it to work in the i-D office, and by night to Golf Sale, Family, Boombox, and Friday nights at the Cock Taven. It was a 2004-2007 wardrobe staple. The shoes are Vivienne Westwood (they were my first purchase with my press-discount card). I wore them every day with everything.”


Cardigan by Vivienne Westwood; vintage camisole from Found and Vision; vintage skirt by Vivienne Westwood, £12 from eBay

“This grey Vivienne Westwood cardigan is from the early 2000s. I discovered the little Westwood skirt around the same time, in the early days of eBay. It marked the beginning of my Westwood obsession, while I was still working for Kylie Minogue’s creative director, William Baker.”


Vintage dress by Body Map, £40 from Rellik; vintage platform boots courtesy of Contemporary Wardrobe

“Steven Phillip, co-owner of Rellik in west London, introduced me to Bodymap via this minidress. I first met him when I was 19 and he went on to play an important role in my fashion education. The knee boots are from Contemporary Wardrobe, because a platform heel is usually essential.”


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Model: Hannah Motler at Premier. Hair: Gary Gill. Make-up: Niamh Quinn. Manicure: Adam Slee. Set: Patience Harding. Production: Art Partner. Photography Assistant: Rob Willey. Fashion Assistant: Claudia Alexandra Sinclair. Hair Assistant: Tom Wright. Make-up Assistant: Libby James. Set Assistant: Abbey Pearson