Bath in Fashion

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Over the course of the 18th Century Bath's population grew by nearly ten times and the city became a cultural capital, where Britain's most glamorous went to be seen amongst the newest fashions. It is in this spirit that 'Bath in Fashion' was conceived six years ago. The week long fashion festival is filled with numerous talks, workshops, catwalks, shopping and film screenings. Celebrated designers, influential editors, opinionated fashion writers and style pundits will all be discussing and debating the constantly changing world of fashion and there will be many opportunities for involvement. Below are just a few examples from Bath in Fashion's calendar... EMBELLISHING FASHION TALK: The Royal School of Needlework and its fashion work

The RSN’s Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, will present an illustrated lecture on the RSN’s involvement in embellishing items as one-off bespoke pieces and will highlight work by its Studio from the 19th to the 21st century, including work by degree students. Founded in 1872, the RSN is a vibrant and exciting forward-looking charity, dedicated to teaching, practising and promoting the art of hand embroidery in the 21st century. Working on high profile projects, such as the Duchess of Cambridge wedding dress for Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and Patrick Grant’s Savile Row A/W 14 menswear collection “E. Tautz”, the RSN keeps the traditional art of embroidery very much alive.

Weds 25 Mar, 2pm Tea Room, The Assembly Rooms Tickets: £12 Booking: or 0844 847 5256


Waller specialises in painting with dye directly onto cloth for the purpose of creating unique painted silk clothing – art to wear. She has perfected the art of painting directly onto silk,making a wearable and washable painting with incredible richness of mark and colour. Join Caroleto try your hand at screen printing and paintingon silk. No experience required for this lovely workshop in which you can use existing images on silk screens in combination with simple painting techniques at Carole’s studio.

Sat 21 Mar, 10.30–4 Studio at One Two Five, Box Road, Bath BA1 7LR Tickets: £65 including piece of silk, dyes and all equipment as well as complimentary tea and coffee (please bring a packed lunch) Booking: 07803 033 629 or

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DESIGNER ROKSANDA ILINCIC In conversation with Claudia Croft, Head of Fashion Sunday Times Style

“With her bold use of colour and sculptural shapes, Roksanda Ilincic has modern, feminine dressing all sewn up” according to Sunday Times Style. Style’s Head of FashionClaudia Croft says “Roksanda’s clothes are accessible, wearable and flattering –she has an incredible eye for colour and has made it wearable and fashionable”. Known for her bold use of colour, luxurious fabrics and clean, elegant lines, Roksanda has become a must-see at London Fashion Week. Roksanda’s aesthetic is discreetly championed by The Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama, who all appreciate the high-impact simplicity of her signature wool crepe and silk pieces for public outings.

Fri 27 Mar, 6pm Tea Room, The Assembly Rooms Tickets: £25 includes a glass of wine and nibbles


A careers forum hosted by Louise Pickles, Head of Fashion at Bath Spa University. This will be a forum exploring just some careers available in fashion, including designer,developer, features assistant and assistant buyer.

The panel includes fashion blogger, Susie Lau, Hywel Davies from Central St Martins, Grace Weller and Charlie McLelland (both are studyingfor MAs at Central St Martins). Grace was awarded the British Fashion Council Colleges Council MAScholarship, and Charlie was awarded the Stella McCartney/Central St Martins MA Scholarship.

Sat 28 Mar, 11–1 Komedia, Westgate Street

BATH IN FASHION 21-29 Mar Bath Visitor Information, Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LY T+44 (0)844 847 5256

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