The Luxe Lowdown: Vicky Gill

Luxe checks in with Vicky Gill, costume designer for Strictly Come Dancing, about her luxe things in life…

Getting To Know You…

Vicky Gill

Costume Designer

Where is home?

Three reasons you love where you live?
I love the community of where I live, and I love that I’m close enough to London. I can get in and out if and when needed, but at the same time I also get to embrace the countryside, or whizz off to the seaside. And the pubs! We have quite a lot of them for a small village.

The Day Job…

What do you do for a living?
Costume Designer

A day in the life of you?
Always very busy, getting involved in all aspects of work and life. No two days are the same!

Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?
There is quite a bit going on at the moment. Installation for a cruise number working with a very talented Luka McFarland. Pop Princess stuff is on the horizon. The wonderful Torvil and Dean on the horizon. Last, but certainly by no means least, the very important Strictly Come Dancing.

What does downtime mean to you?
Downtime to me is catching up with friends and just completing tasks which always get put to the side.

Lessons In Life…

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Believe it or not, I’ve always wanted to be a costume designer. To be completely honest, I still don’t see myself as a grown-up, so there’s still time!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Life is short and we must enjoy it.

What is your greatest fear?

Which living person do you most admire and why?
That’s tricky because we meet lots of people along the way, and we learn, and take positives from one another’s qualities. I love the stealth of the older generation and fear their passing, for example, what will happen when we don’t have Sir David Attenborough! Who will fill his shoes?

Living Luxe…

What is the top of your bucket list?
Life just flies by, I feel I have experienced lots of wonderful things already, but I am certainly going to factor in more travel. Be it at home, Europe and beyond, there’s just so much to see and cram in.

What is your most treasured possession?
I have a digital photo frame and I just love it. I never know what I am going to get, my husband will keep changing it up, but I remember every moment and location, it’s brilliant.

What does the weekend mean to you?
Sadly, it often means work, even though I love my work! When we are together, we usually put out feet up watch TV, or a film with family. And, of course, Sunday lunch!

A memorable holiday?
Holiday time is precious time for me and my family. All of them, whether it’s our annual trip to Cornwall, a cottage in the North East, or a long haul, it’s always a memorable time.

Best dress?
I had a fabulous little black D&G dress which I’ve worn loads. Unfortunately, the dry cleaners gave it to another customer by mistake, which was a sad day! Never to be seen again.

The last place you ate?
Worley Arms – South Yorks on the route from back the north! Delicious Sunday Lunch – I haven’t had Sunday Lunch in such a long time.

The last book you read?
Cracking The Menopause by Alice Smellie and Mariella Frostrup! It’s been a stressful few years and I can’t work out if it’s knocking on the door!

The last thing you listened to?
Doin’ Time by Lana Del Rey. I was helping my daughter with some choreography.

The last thing you watched?
I watched Battle Of The Sexes, while on a flight back from Miami.

Your three luxe things in life?
Perfume – DS & Durga – I don’t Know What, Elemis Cleansing Balm and Channel Bronzing Cream.