To mark International Women's Day we celebrate the woman inspiring us this season...

From sleek, sculptural tailoring to tropical prints, our Spring/Summer '15 collection has a lot to thank British artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth for. Drawing inspiration from Hepworth's timelessly modern works and beautiful hometown of St Ives, our expert designers have created soft, elegant suiting and exclusive patterns that encapsulate the Cornish seaside town and her very own 'Sculpture Garden.'

Daring and determined, Barbara Hepworth was one of the most successful sculptors of the 1950s and 1960s ? no mean feat as a woman at that time. Born in Wakefield in 1903 to a middle-class family, the ambitious Yorkshire lass went on to study sculpture at Leeds School of Art in 1920 and later (after winning a scholarship) to the Royal College of Art. Here she met her famous friend and contemporary Henry Moore, to whom she was often compared to and measured against. But it wasn't until 1925 - when she married fellow artist John Skeaping and moved to Rome ? that she began creating her synonymous stone

carvings; the inspiration behind the relaxed, unstructured shapes of our soft tailoring range. "We found so much to inspire us in the organic, fluid and uncomplicated works of Barbara Hepworth," says our Creative Director of Womenswear Sheila McKain-Waid.

After a year in Italy, the couple moved to London and into a studio in Hampstead. However, after the birth of their son, Paul, and the deterioration of their marriage (during which time she had also met British painter Ben Nicholson), they split seven years later. It wasn't until five days before the Second World War that Hepworth left London for St Ives with her new husband Nicholson and their triplets (her son Paul had been killed during a RAF mission in Malaya). Here, she began to carve wood as well as stone, adding taut strings, as though her sculptures were musical instruments. Waves, rocks and her lush 'Sculpture Garden' were now her inspiration ? and ours. The almost tropical space where she ? dressed in her signature oversized shirt, headscarf and statement necklace ? worked and lived until she died in 1975, influenced our exotic palm-print pieces (arriving soon). Now a museum, you can still see the chisels, hammers, saws and white apron she used sitting in her workshop.

Hepworth wasn't only prominent amongst the modern artists of St Ives; she was also internationally recognised ? confirmed by the Grand Prix of the 1959 São Paulo Bienal, a CBE and her Single Form sculpture being erected outside the United Nations building in New York. And, it is her international standing that is the focus of Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World: a major retrospective of the artist's work exhibiting at Tate Britain later this year. From 'lost' pieces unearthed in London and California to previously unseen family photographs, it's the perfect insight into the famous female sculptor that inspired a generation of artists (and Jaeger).

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World opens 24 June at Tate Britain

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