Port Eliot: The festival uniform

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Dozens of dreamy-eyed teenagers drifted around the Port Eliot grounds crowned in fairytale floral headdresses on Friday afternoon.

The pastel clusters of hydrangea, roses and dahlias perched on so many heads are the handiwork of The Flower Appreciation Society. The duo, also known as Ellie Jauncey and Anna Day, were given free range to collect as many flowers as they wanted for the project from Port Eliot’s grounds.

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‘Having such beautiful flowers to choose from in the garden has made it much more exciting than if we had just gone to the market,’ Jauncey said.

More than just a bit of festival fun, the ephemeral accessories are part of fashion’s current love affair with flowers. For his Christian Dior couture debut, Raf Simons ordered one million stems of flowers installed on the walls of the show venue, and Jauncey and Day have created arrangements for shoots in Numero, Oh Comely and Upstyler.

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But their most enthusiastic clients so far have been the little girls—and their mothers—who stepped into The Flower Appreciation Society tent.

‘It’s been completely mad—we haven’t stopped for two and a half hours, and we’ve run out of flowers and wire two hours early,’ Jauncey said. ‘But it’s so nice wandering around and seeing everyone in our headdresses.’

See the best dressed from Port Eliot here

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