Time to celebrate Bath in Fashion

PUBLISHED: 09:46 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 February 2013

Picture by Marko Dutka

Picture by Marko Dutka

Hot designers will stage catwalk shows at Milsom Place

This spring it is time to celebrate Bath in Fashion as alively programme of catwalk shows, events and exhibitions fromApril 14-17 highlights Bath as an exciting place for fashion.

Hot designers and this seasons high street fashion will be fronting catwalk shows in the fabulous Octagon at Milsom Place. At SouthGate the vibe is set to be fun and funky with street fashions on centre stage as well as a show for the latest trends in children, tweens and teens. A glam Bath in Fashion evening around the Roman Baths will see the modern day duchesses in all their finery for Fashion n Fizz with Milsom Place with a one-off chance to see a fashion show in this stunning setting on Friday,April 16.

Milsom Street in Bath has just been voted Britains best fashion street in the Google Street View Awards against fierce competition from a short list of 20 streets across the UK selected by a panel of experts.

With the Haiti appeal in mind, Bath in Fashion has chosen to support Save the Children, by seeking high quality clothing and accessories in a citywide Donate Dont Dump initiative. Retail Guru Mary Portas presenter of the BBC series Mary Queen of Shops demonstrated how you can inject a new lease of life into someone elses wardrobe by donating those neglected items at the back of your cupboard. A set in each of the Bath in Fashion Catwalk Shows will be styled from all the items donated. So set to and spring clean to save lives with Save the Children. The Octagon in Milsom Place will be Donate Dont Dump HQ, the drop off location for quality cast-offs from 6th 12th April 2010.

Retailers throughout the city are planning in-store events and promotions and taking the opportunity to shout about the all that Bath has to offer for the fashion conscious shopper. Andrew Cooper, City Centre Manager is leading the event working with the City Centre Marketing Group, part of Future Bath Plus. He said Baths fashion retailers are keen to take part in the catwalk shows and are busy organising their own events in-store. Catwalk shows are filling fast with support from stores like House of Fraser, Toast, L.K.Bennett, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Boots, Marks & Spencer, Milsom Place independent, Image and SW 71. The City Centre Marketing Group ran a successful marketing campaign in autumn 2009 and will be gearing up a similar programme for 2010 with Bath in Fashion as the pivotal event. To take part in a catwalk show or plan a promotion or event call, contact Andrew Cooper on Tel: 01225 396458.

The Little Theatre Cinema is to screen The September Issue on Saturday 17th April at 3.45 pm. The film goes behind the scenes into the life of Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of American Vogue and gives a fly on the wall view of one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion. Kirsten Elliott and Andrew Swift are leading a walking tour to discover how Baths shopkeepers sought ever more enticing ways to present their wares in A Window in Fashion and the Bo Lee Gallery are showing commissioned fashion photography by Bath based Marko Dutka.

Bath is home to a world class collection of contemporary and historical dress at the Fashion Museum in the Assembly Rooms. A new exhibition Photographing Fashion; British Style in the 1960s runs from 27th March with images of top models from that era sourced from The Museums celebrated Ernestine Carter Collection of fashion photographs. Clothes from the Sixties like the Mary Quant mini-skirts will be displayed alongside these iconic photographs. Fashion Museum Manager, Rosemary Harden is to give an illustrated talk; ten 1960s fashion designers, on Friday 16th April at the Octagon, Milsom Place..

The Georgian fashionistas flocked to Bath for their fashion fix and today Bath is among the most fashionable places in the UK to live, work and shop. Bath Spa University is renowned for its fast paced and dynamic Fashion Design course geared toward the fashion of the future.

A vibrant retail scene attracts shoppers from the south-west and beyond. Independent retailers account for almost 40 per cent of shops in Bath and many designer labels are represented in quality fashion boutiques.

Leading high street brands select Bath for their flagship stores and the citys anchor department stores include House of Fraser and Debenhams, opening later this year in the brand new SouthGate shopping development. Milsom Place, off Milsom Street, opened in 2008 combining 13 listed buildings with contemporary architecture, to create a stylish shopping and dining area and has attracted significant players like Jamies Italian, Traffic People and Cath Kidston as well as a clutch of independent fashion and gifts stores.

For further information visit www.bathinfashion.co.uk. To book fashion shows and other events call Jolly and Son on 08448003704.



Event details:

A Window on Fashion

Wednesday 14th APRIL 2010, 10.00 AM

A two hour walk

Shop windows are needed to display fashions but through the years the style of windows themselves has altered. Follow Kirsten Elliott and Andrew Swift on a tour to discover how Baths shopkeepers sought ever more enticing ways to present their wares to fashionable society.

Booking: 6.50. Call Jolly and Son 0844 800 3704 or call at the Tourist Information Centre


THURSDAY 15TH APRIL 2010, 4.00pm and 7.00 pm


Watch a stunning catwalk parade of this seasons most stylist fashions. Ticket price includes a glass of wine and a great goodie bag. Tickets strictly first come first served, so book now to secure your place at this headline event. The Octagon was the meeting place for fashionable Bath in the citys Georgian heyday and has now been restored to its former glory. Come and experience this wonderful venue and see the latest fashion by Bloomsbury, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fenn Wright Manson, Hobbs, House of Fraser, Image, L K Bennett, Liz Cox, Marks & Spencer, Phase Eight, Reiss, Spirit of the Andes, Toast and Viyella.

Booking: Tickets 10. Call Jolly and Son (House of Fraser) 0844 800 3704 or call at the Tourist Information Centre.

Address: The Octagon. Milsom Street. Bath


FRIDAY 16th APRIL 2010, 6.30 pm


An illustrated talk about the Ernestine Carter Collection of fashion photographs held at the Fashion Museum by Fashion Museum Manager Rosemary Harden.

MARY QUANT is the name most associated with fashion in the 1960s, but other designers like Jean Muir and Gina Fratini were also working at the time. In this illustrated talk Rosemary will show images of the work of these and other 1960s fashion designers from the Fashion Museums celebrated Ernestine Carter Collection.

A ticket to this event gives one free admission to the Fashion Museum in April and May 2010 to see the Photographing Fashion display, on show at the museum from 27 March 2010. Please take the ticket with you when visiting the museum.

Booking: Tickets 5.00 from Jolly and Son 0844 800 3704 and from the Fashion Museum shop, Assembly Rooms, open daily 10.30-5.00pm.


Address: The Octagon. Milsom Street. Bath


FRIDAY 16th APRIL 2010, 8.00 pm

ROMAN BATHS, Stall Street entrance.

An occasion to see and be seen for Baths A listers a rare opportunity to meet for a sparkling evening in Baths most unique venue. Watch stunning fashion by Milsom Place parade along the Roman pavements around the Roman Baths. This is a once only chance to see Fashion in this wonderful heritage arena. Participants include Hobbs, Cath Kidston, Sassy & Boo, Image, Phase Eight, Traffic People, Liz Cox and Quadri.

Booking: Tickets 30 per head from FAB! Tel 0844 415 4880 www.fab-1.org.uk

Charity raffle for Save the Children



SouthGate, Bath

10.30am and 11.30am Mini fashion show catwalk show of the latest childrens fashion with Boots, marks & Spencer and Quicksilver

1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4pm Fast paced fashion with hot brands

(Street dance by Tracy King School of Dance)

Childrens fashion will be on the Catwalk throughout the morning at SouthGate with a lively show by the Tracy King School of Dance.

Join the afternoon party atmosphere at Baths newest retail emporium. Urban fashion hits the catwalk throughout the afternoon compared by fashion guru, Patrick Swan. Come and enjoy this free event and check out the seasons street fashion featuring Cult, Republic, New Look, All Saints, SW 71, Uttam, Treds, The Animal Store, Kurt Geiger and Calvin Klein.





The Little Theatre Cinema is screening The September Issue on Saturday 17th April at 3.45 pm. The film goes behind the scenes into the life of Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of American Vogue and gives a fly on the wall view of one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion.

Booking: 0871 704 2061 www.picturehouses.co.uk

Venue: Little Theatre Cinema, St Michaels Place, Bath. BA1 1SF



One of Baths boutique galleries, bo.lee gallery, showcases cutting edge fashion photograph and illustration.

"Veni,Vidi,Vici', Fashion photographs in the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms by renowned Bath based Fashion Photographer, Marko Dutka
'In The Line of Fashion', A showcase of five fashion illustrators from the UK, US and Europe.

Venue: bo.lee gallery, 1 Queen Street,(Corner of Trim Street),Bath,BA1 1HE

Not So Fast!

20th 25th April 2010, 10 6pm. Sunday 11 - 2pm Admission free

An Exhibition by 20 Textile Designers & Artists

The Octagon, Milsom St., Bath

Not So Fast! is an exhibition by twenty textile artists and designers who bring together a glorious range of contemporary artworks and functional textiles for six days in April at the historic Octagon. The show is curated by Carole Waller. www.notsofast.info

Venue: The Octagon. Milsom Street. Bath

Donate Dont Dump Save the Children

Bath in Fashion has chosen to support Save the Children Haiti Appeal.

It is time to set to and spring clean your wardrobe to save lives with Save the Children.

In a city wide Donate Dont Dump campaign, we are seeking high quality clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. By passing you unwanted items you are offering other people the chance to pick up one of your treasures and at the same time contribute in helping to send childrens lives in Haiti.

All donations will be collection in the Octagon, at Milsom Place, off Milsom Street 6th to 12th April 2010.

Watch your donations on the catwalks! During each catwalk event we will showing how creative you can be to style your wardrobe using recycled fashion.

All donations must be in good resalable condition.

Baths biggest companies will be getting behind the campaign by having their own Donate Dont Dump collection points.

Cash donations are also being accepted at all Save the Children shops for current Haiti appeal.

Thank you for your support.

About Save the Children

Save the Children is the world's independent charity. We're outraged that millions of children are still denied proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We're working flat out to get every child their rights and we're determined to make further, faster changes. How many? How fast? It's up to you.


D-Day (dont dump, donate day) at your office (email d.day@savethechildren.org.uk to find out how), email stockappeal@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

D-Day, Donate, Dont Dump was first championed by retail guru Mary Portas whilst performing a make-over on a Save the Children shop on BBC2s Mary Queen of Charity Shops. Save the Children is launching D-Day nationwide in response to a significant decline in the quality of donations during the current period of economic recession. stockappeal@savethechildren.org.uk

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