The Isolation Interviews: Anna Berkeley
Effortlessly stylish Anna Berkeley is a stylist, shape expert and ex-womenswear buyer. With a career spanning over 20 years, Anna has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion, from Selfridges to Prada and Margaret Howell. Using the knowledge accumulated over the course of her career, Anna works with women to teach them to understand their shape and make getting dressed fun. Recommended by The Times and The Telegraph, she offers the fascinating and rare service of body mapping, as well as wardrobe management, outfit building and personal shopping. Follow @annaberkeleystyling.
Where are you writing this?
In my little garden studio office
What are you reading?
I am currently reading my family history, written by my father, about his side of the family. His father was from Chust in what was then Hungary. It's been such a good time to get into it as much of it is set in the Second World War, and it helps to keep the current crisis in perspective. Alongside that I'm reading ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ by Christi Lefteri which is really beautiful and haunting.
What are you watching?
We devoured 'Normal People' in a flash and I am going to keep it and watch it again. The acting and the portrayal of Marianne and Connell (two of my favourite characters ever penned) was just so perfect. Just as I imagined them, touching and poignant. And we've just finished 'Gangs of London' which was totally gripping.
What are you eating/cooking/baking?
I'm a little bit over it at the moment with two boys here 24/7 but we have done a few batches of rock cakes and the kids made a big chocolate cake for my birthday.
If you could visit any art gallery or museum in the world right now, where would it be?
It would have to be the Uffizi in Florence. I am dreaming of Italian piazzas, ice cream and long days wandering...
Have you picked up any hobbies in isolation?
I haven't had much time to pursue anything new with work and the kids but I have rekindled my love of art and drawn a few cards and I enjoyed doing the life drawing live on BBC Arts!
Any lockdown discoveries?
I am the most impatient person on earth and I have found that queueing, which used to drive me insane, is now bearable. The slowing down that we have been forced into has meant that I have accepted it's going to take time to get to where I want to be...
Any lockdown saviours?
Long dog walks, books, online clothes shopping and great TV!
What is the first thing you will do when out of lockdown?
I just want to give my parents a hug, hang out with friends in a pub garden and have a cuppa in a cafe. Oh, and raid the shops!
What’s on your wishlist?
Symphony in gold to go for cocktails and dinner with my girlfriends.