Born in an artistic and intellectual environment, the daughter of a Pre-Raphaelite muse and of an eminent editor, Virginia Woolf began writing for the Times Literary Supplement in 1900 before publishing her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. A member of the Bloomsbury Group alongside her husband and her sister, the author who had founded the Hogarth Press with her husband led an avant-garde, free-spirited and independent existence affirmed by her homosexual relationship with Vita Sackville-West. Fuelled by severe bouts of mental illness, Virginia Woolf rapidly became the leader of a creative feminine and intimate psychological literature with such novels as Mrs Dalloway, in 1925 or Orlando, in 1928 that inspire contemporary feminists. At the beginning of World War II, the author saw her home destructed by the Blitz and her last work, coldly received. Therefore fragile, Virginia Woolf decided to fill her pockets with stones and walked into a river – drowning in a romantic Ophelia-like way. Although the author is always linked to the idea of melancholy, suicide and mental illness, she surely remains the extraordinary storyteller of women's emotions - ‘The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.' She also inspires some androgynous fashion trends embodied by the song writer and poet Patti Smith, Ann Demeulemeester’s style or Charlotte Gainsbourg’s.