We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

The eminent British fashion designer on the books and tomes which made him the man he is today

Jasper Conran is one of the most recognisable names in the world of British fashion. With unforgettable designs and launching his first hotel, L’Hôtel Marrakech, in 2016.

We spoke to the fashion juggernaut to find out what books have inspired him throughout his career as well as his life outside of work.

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Originally a poem written in 1954 as a radio drama, this Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece – you listen in on the dreams and innermost thoughts of a fictional Welsh village.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

I have read and reread this extraordinary book about Charles Rider and his entanglement with the formidably Catholic Flytes and each time the book sparkles more brightly.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

This magical book was a game changer for me when I read it in early adolescence – beautiful and poignant.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier

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Diaries, 1942-54 by James Lees-Milne

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Here our hero works mostly on a bicycle going around the country in war time trying to persuade impecunious owners to give their houses over to the National Trust – gripping and utterly charming stuff.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Diaries, 1942-54 by James Lees-Milne

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On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

This marvelous book is set on the rugged boarders of Herefordshire and Radnorshire portraying the lives of twin brothers Lewis and Benjamin Jones – extremely beautiful.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

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A Visit to Don Otavio by Sybille Bedford

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

In the mid 1940s Sybille Bedford set off on a journey to Mexico armed with a delicious hamper – in order to write a travelogue – the result is spectacular.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

A Visit to Don Otavio by Sybille Bedford

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French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

This book more than any has been my constant companion since I was a starving thirteen year old at boarding school, where the food was so filthy I read the sublime words of Elizabeth David instead.

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David

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Trois Contes (Three Tales) by Gustave Flaubert

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

These are three exquisitely crafted short stories – I defy you not to cry by the end of “A Simple Heart”

We asked Jasper Conran for the books that have inspired his work and life

Trois Contes (Three Tales) by Gustave Flaubert

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