Clea has always been surrounded by multi-disciplinary creativity, which has been hugely influential. Her mother was a dancer/ceramicist, her father a photographer/carpenter, and her grandmother a dancer/seamstress. Clea's grandfather, Ivor Beddoes, was a respected and renowned designer/story board artist for the film industry (Star Wars, The Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffman to name a few) and also an artist and composer.
Clea studied sculpture and costume design and went on to work in West End theatre wardrobe departments, dressing amongst others Dame Judy Dench and Emily Blunt. Clea learned the art of floristry, working for In Water, a creative and inspirational high-end floral studio. In recent years Clea has also studied millinery at Kensington & Chelsea college.
Since 2011 Clea has been building her own business spanning millinery, floral styling, costume design, events, teaching workshops and collaborated with brands.
Clea has extensively worked with stylists and photographers to make bespoke accessories referencing both fashion and theatre. This work and pieces from her millinery collections have been published in magazines including Stylist, Brides, You & Your Wedding, Hello! Fashion Monthly, the Financial Times 'How to Spend It', Syn, Noctis, Hedonist and Drama.
Clea's work has also appeared in art exhibitions and books. Various pieces have featured in the ‘Surreal Fashion’ series and other art prints by Miss Aniela, one of which went on to become the front cover for a Swedish edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Clea also contributed to a book on ethical fashion called ‘Naked Fashion’ by Safia Minney, the owner of People Tree and has since worked with them styling fresh floral headpieces. Clea's work has also appeared in a photography exhibition by Perou and also in a book for The Great British Sewing Bee.
Clea runs workshops in schools, colleges and the V&A museum. She has also presented a live fresh flower headpieces demonstration at Fortnum & Mason.
Clea has collaborated on costume and millinery with the artist Pablo Bronstein for a performance piece called Constantinople Kaleidoscope, streamed live online from Tate Modern. And more recently she has made the costume accessories for Pablo Bronstein's Tate Britain's Duveen galleries commission 'Historical Dances in an Antique Setting'.
Clea has worked with Seedlip to create a foliage & herb sculpture for an important launch and has created point of sale displays for the brand for use in department stores.
Clea's millinery collections can be bought online and her Floral Fashion is available to buy from various stockists. She also creates bespoke pieces to order.