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Be immersed in chic Bath

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:50 10 April 2013

Be immersed in chic Bath

Be immersed in chic Bath

Nicky Hancock selects highlights from Bath in Fashion 2013, running from April 13 to 21

Be immersed in chic Bath

Nicky Hancock selects highlights from
Bath in Fashion 2013

Bath in Fashion 2013 (April 13-21) promises to be another action-packed week bringing fashion celebrities, experts and London standard catwalk shows to the city that made claim to the title of the nations most fashionable city in its Georgian heyday. Then, the Georgian fashionistas paraded the latest designs and bought their fabrics, bonnets and bows on Milsom Street. Fast forward to 2013 and Bath is a cosmopolitan and contemporary city which sits comfortably against its historic backdrop, with independent fashion boutiques alongside top high street brands and still a great place to shop and discover the seasons looks. In Bath, you dont just wear fashion, you live it!

Catwalk shows in Bath in Fashion are produced by John Walford, who staged no less than eight shows during London Fashion Week in March 2013, supported by top stylist Rebekah Roy. At the designer fashion show, sponsored by Mallory, John will incorporate a number of leading London designers to share the catwalk with Baths fashionable independents.

With a theme of Looking at Fashion, the week-long festival showcases a collection of fashion celebrities who make fashion happen the people who put the model in the dress and the dress on the page. Discover how an artist can freeze a fashion icon forever in time or how a photograph can capture a fashion moment.

The Norman Parkinson Archive is working with Bath in Fashion 2013 to stage a unique centenary exhibition which will celebrate one of Britains most influential and idiosyncratic fashion photographers. The free exhibition has been curated by high-profile fashion designer, Roland Mouret, best known for creating the Galaxy dress. Mouret dresses have been seen on the red carpet at the BAFTAs worn by Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain. Roland Mouret will be in conversation with Suzannah Frankel, Fashion Director of Grazia magazine.

This exhibition also brings to light examples of Parkinsons less well-known work, never publicly exhibited before. The exhibition runs from April 13 until May 12 in The Octagon at Milsom Place. Other exhibitions include the Fashion Museums Fifty Fabulous Frocks and Painted Pomp and Folded Beauty at the Holburne.

Among the many interesting speakers, Michael Bush will talk about creating the extraordinary costumes of Michael Jackson. Over a 25-year period he crafted the jackets and gloves, boots and hats which were such an important aspect of the stage image of the King of Pop. Michael Bush will be signing his book Dressing Michael Jackson the King of Style. The Abbey Hotel is hosting lunchtime talks by experts on Alexander McQueen and Diana Vreeland and the Look Fabulous lunch at Hall & Woodhouse will showcase the latest jewellery from Pandora and Fabulous. . Iain R Webb who will be talking about his new book Beautiful Freaks: From Blitz Kids to As Seen In Blitz Magazine during the week which chronicles 80s style reminiscing about that important fashion era with Princess Julia.

David Downton who has drawn the worlds most beautiful women will be mentoring aspiring artists in a one-off life drawing master class so bring your sketch pad to draw super model Jade Parfitt. Contemporary artist and illustrator Julie Verhoeven has drawn the image for Bath in Fashion and will create an installation Ladies Lets Rip at the Holburne Museum.

Other highlights include a knitting workshop with Brandon Mabley from the Kaffe Fassett studio (Kaffe Fassett is programed for a book talk at Topping & Company) and a vintage workshop by Jo Barnfield, author of Vintage Pattern Selector. Vintage Weekend includes a the Bath VA vintage fashions fair and Mrs Stokes Vintage Tea party with guest appearance by Fleur do Guerre, editor of the blog Diary of a Vintage Girl.

For young people keen to pursue a career in fashion, Louise Pickles, Head of Fashion at Bath Spa University has assembled a star studded panel of experts drawn from the industry. The panel includes Chloe Jones: Graduate, winner of the prestigious Gold Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2012 who graduated last year from Bath Spa University.

To illustrate the fascination with the It Bag and celebrate the craft and heritage of British manufacturing a city centre pop up workshop in Milsom Place will reveal exactly what goes into making the fabulous designer handbags that have become the must-have accessory. The company make for top Bond Street brands as well as their own Cox and Liz Cox brands. British Bagmakers are setting up a team of talented artisans to create specially designed bags. Celebrities like milliner, Stephen Jones; Amy Williams, Gold Medal winning Olympiad; interiors expert, Nina Campbell and Iaian R Webb have each been invited to design a bag. These one-off creations are to be auctioned in aid of the RUH Cancer Care Appeal and a glamorous luncheon at the Bath Spa Hotel.

The Little Theatre Cinema is screening Bath in Fashion on Film with a special screening of The Hobbit introduced by Bath-based Peter Swords King, the Oscar-winning hair and make-up designer, plus other films during the week.

Bath in Fashion is funded by the Bath Business Improvement District with support from Bath & North East Somerset Council; Bath Tourism Plus, Thrings, Milsom Place, Bath Spa University, SouthGate and more than 100 businesses across the city. For tickets and information visit bathinfashion.co.uk

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