Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion designer at war with conservationists over studio plans


The Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite dress designer Alice Temperley, 45, (pictured) is in a dispute over plans to build a studio in the garden of her mansion in Somerset

The Duchess of Cambridge‘s favourite dress designer has become embroiled in a dispute with England’s leading heritage organisation over plans to build a studio in the garden of her lavish £2 million Grade II listed home.

Alice Temperley, 45, has applied to her local council for planning permission for a building at the back of her stunning eight-bedroom Regency manor property in Somerset.

It will be composed of an office, workshop and design studio, measuring 26 feet by 78 feet and will also be used as an archive for Ms Temperley’s expensive dress collection.

As well as making dresses for the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa, the celebrity designer’s other notable clients include Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley and a host of other ‘A’ listers. Many have also attended glitzy parties at the property.

In 2011, Ms Temperley received an MBE for services to the fashion industry. She founded her label in 2000 after graduating from the Royal College of Art, becoming an instant hit amongst the rich and famous with her dresses fetching up to £5,000. 

The fashion designer has applied to her local council for planning permission for a building at the back of her stunning eight-bedroom Regency manor property in Somerset (pictured)

The fashion designer has applied to her local council for planning permission for a building at the back of her stunning eight-bedroom Regency manor property in Somerset (pictured)

The proposed building will be composed of an office, workshop and design studio, measuring 26 feet by 78 feet and will also be used as an archive for Ms Temperley's expensive dress collection (pictured)

The proposed building will be composed of an office, workshop and design studio, measuring 26 feet by 78 feet and will also be used as an archive for Ms Temperley’s expensive dress collection (pictured)

Alice Temperley makes dresses for the Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) and her sister PippaAlice Temperley's (pictured) other notable clients include Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley and a host of other 'A' listers.

As well as making dresses for the Duchess of Cambridge (left) and her sister Pippa, the celebrity designer Alice Temperley’s (right) other notable clients include Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley and a host of other ‘A’ listers.

Her home is ranked among the top 8 per cent of all listed buildings in England and boasts a grand galleried hall, two reception rooms, a domed circular library, extensive cellars, castle ruins and a former bear pit set in five acres of woodland and paddock. 

Ms Temperley purchased it in 2012 for £2.5million but after staying there during the lockdown she now plans to spend more time away from her London residence to focus on running her fashion label from Somerset, where she was born and raised.

But officials from Historic England, the Government appointed body that protects the nation’s historic buildings and monuments have slammed plans for the new studio, claiming that it is too large and will ruin the house’s historic garden.

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