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Wondering What The Wardrobes of Your Favourite Fashion Icons Look Like? See Inside …


Closets were once places where things were concealed (monsters, skeletons, sexuality), now they are associated with spaces not merely to store, but to display vast amounts of clothes, bags, shoes and accessories.

Thirty years ago, the wardrobe of the day would be considered a tight squeeze by modern celebrity closet standards. On average two and a half feet deep and six feet wide, there would have been just one per bedroom – in the bedroom. And, believe it or not, it might have been shared his-and-hers style. Back then, the concept of a separate dressing room or walk-in wardrobe was not for the average Irish or European woman, or even, according to the New York Times, for an elite New Yorker. Apartment dwellers in Manhattan, including in the snazziest buildings like the Dakota, had modest armoires. This worked, apparently, because “People wore their clothes for one season, then they gave them away.”

Our perspective on the humble wardrobe was changed by the boom, with property developers giving us an early taste of big-closet living in blingy showhouses with walk-in closets bigger than most rooms. And of course we acquired more clothes, collections of designer bags and shoes, worthy of display. (our mindset about consumption is thankfully changing.) And our love affair with the walk-in closet has also been fuelled by carefully curated social media photographs. The Kardashian clan are a case in point; together with their interior designers they have created lavish walk-in wardrobes as fantastical as the closet through which CS Lewis’ children clamber into Narnia.

It’s clear to see choosing a bespoke solution over an off-the-shelf system enhances space no matter how big or small. These fashion mavens and designers reveal some interesting tricks for enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of their wardrobes, in turn making getting dressed a breeze.

Pernille Teisbaek

Danish power influencer Pernille Teisbaek’s less-is-more home in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen features a closet inspired by hotels she has visited. Teisbaek has admitted she tidies her closet every Sunday, colour coordinating and folding everything exactly the same way.

Anine Bing

The recently renovated home of designer Anine Bing in LA reflects the cool Scandinavian design ethos reflected in her collections: clean lines with immaculate details. Bing admits an obsession with handbags, which are given a vast amount of display space. She recommends “regularly sorting out your wardrobe. I sort by garment and categorise by colour.”

Lucinda Chambers

Vogue’s well-travelled former fashion director says she has reached “critical mass” in her eclectic London and Toulouse homes – both colourful spaces crammed with books, paintings, textiles and fashion ephemera. She says “cosification” is her priority. “Comfort is really underrated and that goes for clothes as well. Style has to be not too self-conscious.” Her hallway serves as a fitting display area for her impressive array of sunhats.

Lisa Adams

CEO of LA Closet Design, Lisa Adams has crafted swoon-worthy closets for Christina Aguilera, Reese Witherspoon and Olivia Culpo among many others. Her own elegant master closet has luxe touches, from motorised hanging rods, a carousel-style shoe organiser and Hermès ceiling wallpaper to LED brass light fixtures and biometric locks.

Lyons Kelly

We’re pinching this pretty panelling idea from Lyons Kelly Design; one way to upcycle existing wardrobes. This master bedroom includes a wardrobe with panelling from Fromental Design.

January Jones

On screen, January Jones is best known for portraying ice-queen Betty Draper with a wardrobe full of suburban couture in Mad Men; off screen she has a little more fun often posting pictures on Instagram from her relatable closet in her four-bedroom pad in LA.

Sex And The City

“I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet,” so said Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. The series did much to drive the trend for walk-in wardrobes. Recently Carrie’s apartment and colourful closet of dreams was made available for a two-night stay via Airbnb, complete with clothes.

Courtney Smith

Irish stylist Courtney Smith says of her closet, “There’s a mix of full-length and shorter hanging rails; I had the wardrobe designed in such a way that each type of clothing has its own space. This really helps when co-ordinating outfits. I have definitely been more experimental with what I wear since the wardrobe was built.”

Optimise Architects

This stylish “his & hers” wardrobe designed by Optimise and cabinet makers Rhatigan & Hick, comprises open shelving, sectioned storage drawers – so handy for jewellery – and open rails. “Good lighting in a wardrobe is essentials” says Ed Rhatigan. “If you can get natural light into your wardrobe, great. Bear in mind that a window in a walk-in-wardrobe or dressing room will take up wall space, so a roof light is a better idea.”

Taylor Hill

Bright, inviting and cosy describes the closet of model Taylor Hill, who went the DIY route, buying everything at Home Depot. Her closet, a testament to her sartorial obsessions – from Gucci loafers to inexpensive sunglasses – reveals she is not a fashion snob. While other celebrities have entire shoe rooms, Taylor lines up her shoes on shelves.

Róisín Lafferty

Interior designer Róisín Lafferty loves to show how clients can have high-end design and liveable, practical design side-by-side. She demonstrates this in the closet of a Dublin home. The marble dressing table is by Oikos, the velvet chair from Woo Design, the handblown smoked glass pendant light by Rothschild and Bickers.

Megan Hess

The wardrobe of Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess is impeccably organised. “One side of my wardrobe is all black and white, the other side is all print, colour and pattern. My personal style has three different personalities, and when you see my wardrobe you can see they’re segregated.” For event appearances, Hess always wears white, often with gold touches – just like the bespoke wardrobe finishes. “It feels positive, fresh and feminine – a ladylike kind of a look,” she says.

Our deep-dive into the closets of fashion icons continues here.


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