Cécile Tilley didn’t do dull. There was nothing small, ordinary, vague or conventional about her – ever. Flamboyant and fabulously grand, Cécile – or Ciel as she was affectionately known – was an original to the core. Her innate sense of style was possessed of something so natural and untaught that it was instantly fresh, irreverent and glamorous. It seems so obvious now that Cécile’s immense talent – that enabled her to instinctively throw the best parties, cook the most incredible food, and create smart, loved and layered interiors – would go on to spawn an eponymous design business.


Cécile Tilley
1925 – 2014