Florence Welch names her old English teacher as style icon

The Florence And The Machine frontwoman also reveals her fascination with Elizabeth Taylor

Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine has said that her look is inspired by her “old English teacher”.

The singer revealed that her idiosyncratic look also pays homage to literature and art’s great “doomed romantic heroines”. Welch said:

My fashion icon is my old English teacher. She used to come to school in crushed-velvet gowns like a medieval maiden. I’m also attracted to doomed romantic heroines, like Tennyson‘s The Lady Of Shallot.

Welch attended the fee-paying Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, London, as did Jack Penate, Felix White of The Maccabees and Pixie Geldof.

The former art student also spoke of her fascination with the late Elizabeth Taylor in an interview with Elle magazine. She said:

Elizabeth Taylor was an amazing woman. I’m reading Furious Love, which chronicles her relationship with Richard Burton. It’s dramatic and passionate – they just spent all of their time drunk and in love. He used to call her ‘Ocean’ in love letters to her because she was so overwhelming.

Florence And The Machine release their as-yet-untitled second album on November 7. It will feature ‘What The Water Gave Me’ – which is available now through FlorenceAndTheMachine.net. You can watch a teaser video below.