The attention to detail at the Bath Spa Graduate show was impeccably undertaken, proving that it’s the little things in clothes (not life in this instance) that make them worthwhile. The most delicate floral appliqué from Chloe Jones, angularly constructed seams from Emily Button and subtle leather trims and zip detailing from Rebecca Ward, provided an exciting workout for the eyes.
Rebecca Butterworth’s ‘A Shrine to Childhood’ collection had all the elements of childhood nostalgia, from eye-catching brights to stimulating textures, yet on a closer look, some of the Mexican Day of the Dead inspired embellishment consisted of dismembered body parts from dolls to form a shrine, as inspired by the harrowing work of Frida Kahlo.
Other designers mastered the art of elegantly and seamlessly mixing different textures and prints to form harmonious collections. Lara Chipping perfectly mixed kitschy elephant prints, polkadots and tablecloth textures in shades of blue, black, red and white to form a uniform collection that represented national costumes from around the world. Stefanie Hodson boldly and successfully merged widely woven tangerine net with busy leaf prints in popping hues of green and yellow. This collection was skilfully and effectively executed to produce a functional summer collection.
The Bath Spa show ended with Rebecca Head’s ‘1/600’ collection as inspired by her diagnosed Gaucher disease, a lysosomal storage disease. Using her surely difficult experience for a positive gain, Rebecca was inspired by how Gaucher affects select few body organs to create a collection that focussed on and flirted with shape, silhouette and proportion. Slim outlines with oversized areas around the chest and sleeves were livened up with floral inserts in popping shades of blue, orange, green and yellow. The collection opened and closed to applauding cheers which is obvious testimony to Rebecca Head’s clear talent and how inspiration can stem from the most unlikely causes.
– Serina Sandhu