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CRESSIDA BELL / 1959-PRESENT

Cressida Bell is a designer specializing in textiles and interiors. She studied fashion and textile design at St. Martins School of Art, followed by studies at the Royal College of Art. She currently works out of her studio in London where she designs accessories for both men and women as well as textiles for the home.

Though she has developed her own style of design, which she characterizes as “meticulous and highly decorative,” Bell has long been inspired by her Bloomsbury forebears. She is a direct descendant of the major members of the Bloomsbury group; her grandmother was the artist Vanessa Bell and her grandfather the critic Clive Bell; her great-aunt the author Virginia Woolf; her father the critic, author and artist Quentin Bell. When visiting Charleston, her grandmother’s home, Bell was exposed to paintings, painted walls, stained glass and textiles all designed by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Cressida Bell authored a book, Cressida Bell: The Decorative Painter, published in 1996. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and books as well as on television, and she has taught various courses on design. She has designed interiors for private individuals as well as corporations, including Zoo Studios, a recording studio in London. She has also designed scarves for the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. For her designs, Bell draws on many sources, including Indian, African, and her own Bloomsbury background.