Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I got the idea for The Dress after talking to an old work associate from my distant days working on fashion magazines. I had never been inspired to write about the fashion business before but then this random conversation with this random man suddenly made me remember that, despite the idea I have about myself as being disinterested in fashion, actually I love clothes and I have an enormous respect for the art of couture. It was like they had been this idea lying dormant inside me and once it came out there was no stopping me. My next book will also be about the powerful role the clothes play in shaping and recording the emotional lives of women.