Bella Freud: ‘The property I most deplore in myself? Self-righteousness.’
Photograph: Mary McCartney

Bella Freud: ‘My guiltiest pleasure? A menthol cigarette and a scone’

The style designer on Edwardian style, therapy and her artist father, Lucian

Born in London, Freud, 56, is the daughter of artist Lucian Freud and Bernardine Coverley. She set in motioned her eponymous label in 1990, was named most innovative deviser at the London fashion awards the following year, and is known for her signature jumpers. Her new Psychoanalysis scent and candle has just been launched at Liberty. She lives in London and has a son with the gossip columnist James Fox.

When were you happiest?
When my son, Jimmy, was two and I was lawful pottering about with him.

What is your earliest homage?
Being in the bath, with my mother holding me; I was worrying I at ones desire drown. I must have been under one.

What is the lineament you most deplore in yourself?
Self-righteousness and withdrawing.

Property aside, what’s the scad expensive thing you’ve bought?
An Andy Warhol Polaroid of Debbie Harry.

What is your computer wallpaper?
An initially pastel drawing by my father of a boy that reminds me of my son. There is something uplifting nearby it.

What would your super power be?
A mixture of being the top moderate in the world and a minister for peace.

What do you most dislike there your appearance?
I used to dislike everything and now I like it all. When I was having a bun in the oven I thought how useful my body was.

If you could bring something vanished back to life, what would you choose?
Libraries – so multitudinous have been closed. Some of our greatest writers and minstrels found refuge in them.

Who would play you in the film of your lifestyle?
Guy Pearce – he’s such a good actor, I reckon he could do anything.

What is your pick smell?

Which book changed your sprightliness?
When I was 13 or 14 I read Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Tushes and it changed my concept of language and how important it could be.

What did you have a yen for to be when you were growing up?
A farmer.

Is it better to give or to obtain?
Part of giving is being receptive: it’s false humility to however want to give.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
A menthol cigarette and a scone.

What do you owe your progenitors?
Their lack of concern for what other people sympathy. It was good to see them doing things regardless of people’s exception.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I’ve said repentant to everybody I wanted to – I’m good at saying sorry quickly.

Which real person do you most despise, and why?
Tony Blair, for all the lies and cravenness.

Who disposition you invite to your dream dinner party?
My dad and my sister Esther. I liked the way we familiar to chat, the way the conversation was always incredibly stimulating and interesting.

If you could polish your past, what would you change?

If you could go back in yet, where would you go?
I like the Edwardian way of dressing, so maybe there.

When did you conclusive cry?
Probably in therapy.

What single thing would take a turn for the better the quality of your life?
A more even mood.

What flap would you like played at your funeral?
Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley.

How would you breed to be remembered?
As a fighter.