At Henrietta Bevan we make silk crepe shirts and dresses in simple shapes for working women who want to feel sexy and chic while getting on with the business of living.

Stunning and versatile clothes in classic designs which never go out of style. Reinterpreting ancient skills with contemporary craftsmanship, fabrics are screenprinted by Indian artisans near Mumbai, India. Clothes which flow and move with your body.

The Process
Henrietta Bevan makes the highest quality silk crepe dresses and shirts in timeless and flattering shapes and designs. The prints are screen-printed in original and beautiful colours. My business has developed out of my love of textiles, print and finding the best, most original fabrics. I have been travelling to India for 25 years and this is where it all began. India is my great passion: the vibrancy of life, the kaleidoscope of colours, people, bazaars, architecture and food, have all inspired me to create my dress business.

Designer Henrietta Bevan started her career with tribal art dealer Peter Adler. Together the pair founded internationally renowned jewellery brand Pebble London, and it was while Henrietta was travelling in India on a stone buying trip that she started to make her own clothes.

Back in London, all her friends wanted them, and her label, Henrietta Bevan, was born. Henrietta Bevan is now worn by everyone who’s anyone, including Nicole Kidman and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“My business developed organically, out of a deep-rooted love of textiles. Inspired by the block prints of Rajasthan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, I also love chintz, hangings and fragments from old Indian cloths, old turban patterns and roller printed cottons. I have marvelled at the workmanship of the Indian textiles in the V&A.

At first I bought fabrics I discovered in Indian markets but often found them too bright; they would not translate back home. After years of trial and error, I started printing myself using traditional designs in strong European colours. I have taken time out to raise my family in the Dorset countryside, whilst going back and forth to India, exploring new markets, finding artisans and always, always making dresses.

In my line of work, I have needed to be both practical and stylish. I make these dresses for me. I am now proud to say that by following my heart, I have created a sustainable business model. I make silk crepe shirts and dresses which move with your body, for women who want to feel sophisticated and silk-wrapped whilst getting on with their work and family lives. Henrietta Bevan clothes never go out of fashion; my customers - aged from 30 to 90 - always come back for more.”

Henrietta Bevan, 2020