International fashion designer Giles Deacon and Sean Clayton, CEO of luxury linen brand Peter Reed, join us for a conversation about their new textile collaboration, inspired by Anne Brontë’s classic novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Spanning luxurious blankets, lush tablecloths and extravagant throws – featuring embroidered scarlet, bone, gold and pewter colours set against crisp whites – A Dinner at Wildfell Hall is a nod to imagination and myths synonymous with the North, and boasts beautifully illustrated birds, wild posies and intricate quill patterns.

Join us as we showcase Deacon and Clayton’s mutual love for Northern England, its rich textile heritage and how the Brontës inspired this lavish new collection.

Chaired by Paul Flynn.

About The Artist

Giles Deacon

Giles is a London based couture designer and illustrator mixing fashion, fine art, theatre and grand scale glamour, known for his expertly crafted pieces using bespoke designed fabrics and intricate embellishments.

His pieces are worn and collected the world over by private clients, red carpet celebrities and royalty with pieces in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and the Museum of Fine Art Boston.

As a costume designer he has worked with the New York City Ballet, Marvel, Lions Gate films to name a few.

His work receives international acclaim with coverage in publications including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W Magazine, Love, Instyle USA, Elle, The World of Interiors and the Wall St Journal with features in The Times, the New York Times, Figaro and the South China Post.

As an illustrator his work has been exhibited widely and has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Love Magazine, Architectural Digest, Interview and W Magazine.

For his work Giles received “British Designer of the year 2007” award.

He is a graduate of Central St Martins School of art and is a visiting lecturer there and at the Royal College of Art since 2018.

In 2018 the book ‘GILESSØLVEKATIE” was published documenting the 20-year collaboration between photographer Sølve Sundsbø and stylist Katie Grand.

Giles has long been a champion of sustainability and reducing waste within his business and has throughout his career work specialist makers and artisans in the UK.

About The Speaker

Sean Clayton

Sean Clayton

Sean Clayton is the third generation of a Textile family with roots in the production of fabric manufacturing.   He was admitted into the textile Institute as an Associate and practising as a Chartered Member of the textile Institute from 2003 for services to the textile Industry.

Sean studied at Bradford College as an apprentice studying Textile Design & Colour, before gaining a degree in business studies. He later moved into the world of retail with John Lewis as a general manager. Sean has been at Peter Reed for 10 years where his knowledge of textile production has been critical in the production of luxury bed linen.

About The Chair

Paul Flynn