I love living in Bath for numerous reasons (it’s beauty, it’s proximity to London, it’s history), but one of the things I love most about the city, is it’s link to fashion, both historically and current, especially the infamous Fashion Museum and the once yearly, Bath In Fashion.
I will be posting soon about the incredible newly opened exhibition at the Fashion Museum, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects, but today I wanted to concentrate on Bath In Fashion (#BIFLOVES), because there is so much going on and tickets are selling out fast.
Bath In Fashion is a week of fashion talks, workshops, catwalk shows and numerous events going on throughout the city. There was so much to choose from, that I am attending something virtually everyday. Childcare is going to be tricky, and poor Daisy may have to sit at the back with her reading book for the odd one (apologies in advance, Daisy)!
On Monday 18 April, I’m attending Thinking Fashion, with Justine Picardie, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, where she will talk about the magazine as well as her bestselling biography, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. On Tuesday, I’m really excited about Vogue on Valentino (one of my all-time favourite fashion designers), by author and journalist Drusilla Beyfus, who will draw on the Vogue archive and her interview with the designer.
Wednesday is a talk with Barbara Hulanicki, founder of Biba, and Sarah Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Red magazine (and a former Editor of mine many moons ago at Elle Girl). I’ve always loved the history of Biba, where my mother says I spent a lot of time with her as a child during the early 70s!
On Thursday I’m going to be colouring at Anthropologie, where Bath resident and author of the Vogue Colouring Book, Iain R Webb, will be create an in-store, large-scale colouring wall, featuring vintage images from British Vogue. Anybody can grab a pen and get colouring between 2-6pm and it’s free. Daisy should love this!
On Friday it’s the iconic Zandra Rhodes (which is sadly now sold out), and on Sunday I’m going to listen to the ‘King of Vintage’, William Banks-Blaney, who dresses Kate Moss, Rhianna and Victoria Beckham from his Marylebone store, WilliamVintage.
But this is just a taste of what is happening during Bath In Fashion. There are talks with Erdem and Tim Blanks, Nicholas Oakwell and fashion journalist, Hilary Alexander, talks on sustainable fashion, Gianni Versace and Cecil Beaton. There are workshops galore and an incredible opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Fashion Museum.
I really hope to see you there!