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The British beauty Susie Cave is the wife of Australian singer Nick Cave.
But even before that, she was already very well known. Susie Cave was the original “It-Girl” from the 90’s and muse to photographers like Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin and model and muse to Bella Freud, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood.
Nick Cave, the frontman of the Bad Seeds, and the stunning model turned-designer Susie got married almost twenty years ago in a medieval chapel in England. They had twins, Earl and Arthur and live in a Georgian house in Brighton, in the UK.
In 2014, Susie Cave decided to go from muse to creator and launched her fashion brand “The Vampire's Wife”, named after an unfinished book Nick Cave wrote about a muse and the creative process.
Susie Cave is a very feminine woman, and this shows in the dresses she creates in velvet, metallic lamé or colourful printed cotton, that we’ve been seeing more and more on all red carpet events.
Her dresses are extremely well-structured, flattering and ultra-sexy. They all have a similar silhouette-hugging shape with a modest high neck and finished with romantic ruffles at the hem and cuffs. The dresses can be floor-length, midi or minis.
Short after launching her fashion brand, Susie and Nick lost their son Arthur in 2015. He was only 15 at the time, and after taking LSD, fell to his death from a cliff. After this tragic accident, Susie recalls that her work became a real necessity, it was the only thing that took her mind off everything. She hasn't stopped since.
The Vampire’s wife has already a legion of A-list fans including Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Chloë Moretz, Dakota Johnson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. Kate Moss, who’s also a fan of the dresses designed in Brighton and made in Poland, describes perfectly Cave’s dresses as “Little House on the Prairie dresses gone luxe”.
On the 25th June, the designer launched the Vampire’s Wife Mothers2mothers Chitenge dress, a limited-edition of 17 dresses - sold-out the same day - made in the traditional African wax-printed Chitenge fabric in earthy colours and gold. By the way, Cave lived as a child in Malawi and said she was very happy to find the fabric that seemed “the perfect combination of traditional craft and glamour”.
For each dress she sold, she donated 300 Pounds to the non-profit charity Mothers2mothers that work to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child in Africa. The NGO trains and empowers mothers to mentor other mothers and has already helped reduce the transmission and stigmatisation of women living with AIDS in seven African countries.
Photos via Instagram