Celebrating fashion in all its shape and form, Bath in Fashion returns to the city for a week of workshops, talks and catwalk shows that are not to be missed. 2016 promises to be the best year yet, featuring world-famous designers and inspirational industry professionals coming together to embrace the past, present and future of fashion.
This year’s event features legendary designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, famous for her textiles and designs in punk-era London. The first person to put safety pins with tartan, Rhodes has been influential in the fashion industry for over thirty years, and continues to provide inspiration for today’s fashion designers. Combining natural patterns with bright colours, she’s designed for Princess Diana, Helen Mirren and Freddie Mercury. As well as a panel discussion of her life and work, Rhodes will be presenting her new season’s collection in a free pop-up shop event at Blue in the Loft.
Also speaking are couture designer Nicholas Oakwell – who will be discussing dressing the red carpet with Hillary Alexander – and Julien Macdonald, whose turn as judge on Project Catwalk, as well as his designs for a host of celebrities, has made him a household name in British fashion.
Additionally, there are workshops on a variety of fashion subjects including millinery and silk painting. Artist Emma Leith will be running a workshop on crocheting baskets as a way to brighten up any room. No previous experience is necessary and you’ll be able to take some amazing skills and fabulous creations away with you.
Sitting down with some coffee and cake, blogger Alyson Walsh is in attendance to give her latest tips and tricks on how to make the most out of your style, no matter your age or shape. With a partnership with Hobbs, the event is ideal for building a brand new perfect summer wardrobe.
Want a little more rock with your fashion? Brian May is also part of this year’s Bath in Fashion, discussing his photography for a new book celebrating the use of Crinoline in fashion. A strange combination you might think, but well worth seeing.
And, our very own BSU is hosting a series of Pattern Talks – each talk an exploration and celebration of pattern itself. From, the prints of Eley Kishimoto to independent design label Darkroom, these talks are sure to offer much fashion inspiration.
Of course, there’s plenty of shopping to be done too. The Southgate Centre opens its doors to students in the evening of April 21 for discounted fashion from your favourite high street brands. There’ll be music and food to make it a great night out for fashion lovers on a budget.
And for those who just want to relax, Bath in Fashion presents a series of fashionable films that will be screened at The Little Theatre with discounts for students. So, if you’ve always wanted to see Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the big screen, check it out on April 18.
Keep an eye on milk. over the coming week as we’ll be providing coverage of several Bath In Fashion events.