English Eccentrics we summon you! Outside it may be the dead of winter, with tempests and Dickensian mists. Inside, our hearts are burning for this opulent, silk satin, Made in Britain fashion work of art of a dress. The Escapist Shirt Dress, by Charlotte Allen, for Klements, at Young British Designers, is a dress to lust after, and invest in as a slow fashion patron of the arts.

In a heart beat this decadent, sustainably fashioned gown transports us to the perfect summer idyll and the idea of trailing through meadows and forests in this vision of a gothic dress so dark, so lovely, so sensuous, so full of whimsy, and not quite what it first seems…. it sets the fashion maven’s heart racing dangerously!

Klements flowing symphony in silk is a dress for heroines, artists and muses, and girls who are not afraid to show their wild at heart, painterly true spirits. If you are a slip of a thing, then you could snap up the very last, luscious Escapist dress, strewn with bold, flower power blooms, twisted vines, and unexpected thorns in a riot of greyed navy tones, burnt orange tones, gentle snowy flesh tones and a firament of magentas. Then, we dare you to go and waft around the Victoria and Albert Museum, and create your own fashion spectacle.

Note the positively demure collar and cuffs in a zingy, shock of acid ochre, the delicate, sweet ties at the waist, and the sense of ebb and flow, ebb and flow as you imagine yourself dashing about like Wilkie Collin’s fearless, feminist heroine, Marian, in the Woman in White. Oh we can dream can’t we…..

Snap it up in the Young British Designers sale for half price before it is gone in a flash and make a decision to buy the best and buy less. Klements Escapist Silk Satin Shirt Dress Price £325.00. (Reduced from £650).