EPONINE MEETS > MARGARET CLUNIE

We caught up with our wonderful model Margaret Clunie, one of the longest-standing members of the Eponine team, following our SS18 shoot . . .

 Margaret with Creative Director and Founder Jet, designer Petar and photographer Ellie during our SS18 shoot

Margaret with Creative Director and Founder Jet, designer Petar and photographer Ellie during our SS18 shoot

1. You’ve been the Eponine model for 7 years, Margaret! Is there a collection or piece that you like the most?

I can't believe it's been 7 years!  Every collection has been an explosion of colour and fun and it has been so brilliant to come back and model for you.  I do remember a black, full length gown with a scooped, low back quite early on that was so beautiful. But obviously the piece I love the most has to be my beautiful wedding dress you made for me in December 2016 - I'm just sad it's currently wrapped up in a box!  The fabric you used had a gorgeous gold thread running through it giving it a subtle sparkle that was perfect for a Christmas wedding, it was so special, thank you!

 Margaret wearing her Eponine wedding dress in 2016

Margaret wearing her Eponine wedding dress in 2016

2. How did you get into modelling?

I was scouted on the Metropolitan Line at Baker Street when I was 14, I'd just been to a Miss Sixty sample sale (!) after school with my sister and thought it was the greatest day of my life!

 Margaret in her first ever Eponine shoot - AW11

Margaret in her first ever Eponine shoot - AW11

3. You’re an actress as well as a model. Does your acting help you with modelling?

It certainly helps in terms of not feeling too shy jumping around infront of a camera and pulling very silly faces...!  

4. We have loved watching you in ITV’s Victoria. What’s it like wearing those period costumes? 

As much as the costumes were beautiful, the corsets underneath were a complete pain and an absolute nightmare to deal with - you can't eat, breathe properly, or sit down very comfortably.  Saying that, my character, Harriet, had a killer wardrobe and as she was a pretty serious aristocrat, I got to wear some major tiaras too, and that's always fun...!

 Margaret playing Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland in ITV's  Victoria

Margaret playing Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland in ITV's Victoria

5. A lot of Eponine designs are inspired by the 50s and 60s. We know you're a vintage fan, where would you recommend somebody go and find vintage pieces in London?

If you've got plenty of time on your hands, the charity shops around Notting Hill are always a pretty good bet, but you have to really rummage through the rails, otherwise Beyond Retro is the place to go, or try a car boot sale, I like the one in Battersea on a Sunday.  I recently found some great pieces in the old town in Margate, but my best find - a denim boiler suit - came from the vintage Reformation store in LA, which was amazing, and had an in-store dog - always a bonus.

 Margaret with Frankie in our SS18 shoot

Margaret with Frankie in our SS18 shoot

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