The Heroine’s Journey of Orsola de Castro

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 

So much: thinking, clothes, giving, mentoring, campaigning, seeing change happen, playing with ideas, with fabrics, shapes and things to come.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? 

My family and our favourite friends around a table eating great food and then silly dancing to Grease and Grease 2.

What is my greatest fear? 

Illness, doctors, hospitals.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 

I panic way too easily.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 

Kate Fletcher, Anna Orsini, Celine Seaman, Christina Dean, Leslie Johnston.

What is my greatest extravagance? 

Food. Wine. Felt-tips and lipsticks.

On what occasion would I lie? 

To protect someones feelings and to make children laugh.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 

Spreadsheets. And breakfast meetings.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Im at my happiest designing, inventing, starting and seeing things through. The success of Fashion Revolution over the past 5 years is where I have been at my happiest so far, career wise.

If I could, what would I change about myself? 

My teeth.

What is my greatest achievement in work? 

My tenacity, upcycling techniques and Fashion Revolution.

Where would I most like to live? 

All over the place.

What is my most treasured possession? 

My clothes, my cushions and my jewellery.

What is my most marked characteristic? 


What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 

Museums, art galleries and the PeckhamPlex.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? 

Its closed. It used to be Le Cafe Anglais. I havent replaced it, yet.

So now I go to the Brixton market instead, its full of nice places to eat.

What books influenced my life and how? 

So many, in so many different ways. I read a lot, and too many books influence, and affect me, to be able to single out a few.

Who are my favorite writers? 

EL Doctorow, JD Salinger, Anna Ackhmatova, Rose Tremain, Philip Meyers, Hilary Mantel, Niccolò Ammaniti, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Balzac, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Natalia Ginzburg, Maria Belllonci, Simon Schama … but I could go on and on and my tastes and preferences expand constantly as I discover new ones.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? 

The soundtrack from Grease. And La Traviata.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 

Heroin: Scarlett OHara and hero: Sandokan.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 

Great teachers.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 

Gone with the wind.

What role plays art in my life and work? 

A fundamental one.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 

My husband.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? 

I would like to work with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? 

Lidewij Edelkoort, and Edward Enniful.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? 

Fashion Revolution Week 2019

Where can you see me or my work in 2019? 

In our forthcoming Fanzine and during Fashion Revolution Week.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

Exactly that. Passion never retires. In fact, passion increases.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? 

Carry Somers, Sarah Ditty, Clare Press, Elizabeth Kline, Christina Dean

How can you contact me?

On instagram.

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