Sunday, 10 August 2014

Festival of Quilts 2014 - Birmingham Fashion

Festival of Quilts, held in Birmingham every August, has kicked off.

Apart from all the beautiful quilts on show, and the many stalls where you can buy all sorts of quilt related items, this event also includes a Fashion Show.

I was impressed by not only the mix of garments at the show, but also the professional lighting and sound.

When my friend Jacquie Harvey, a master quilter who has made many hand quilted garments, had her beautiful bolero in silk dupion modelled, the spotlight caught the glimmer of the silk.
Glimmer did also the corset made by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden. She had incorporated fine metal foils in autumnal shades on the sheer fabric.
Another good friend, Rosemary Hillman, showed the wedding dress she had made for her daughter's wedding. There was a wave of 'Wow' heard from the audience when the model walked down the cat walk.
A totally different bridal look was created by the talented Emily Barfield, whose four wedding dresses, although elegant and feminine, had skirts of such sheer fabric they were transparent. (click on the link above to see someone else's photo)

Daisy Collingridge is another new designer who amused the audience with her collection of quilted garments, and when I say quilted I mean QUILTed. No need for a duvet when you go to sleep in one of these:
There was also stunning wearable art from Finland, Estonia, Russia, USA and a number of British quilters. To all of them I would like to say BRAVO!

12 comments:

  1. Can't wait to hear all about this event! I'm in London at the V&A - where there is wifi! I don't know about Tokyo, but public free wifi is extemely rare. See you tomorrow!

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    1. It has been a great show and the fashion event was much better than last year's. Public free wi-fi is hard to find, especially when you have the time to sit down and use it! See you tomorrow!

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  2. I love wearable art. Never enough images of that kind of work. Thanks.

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    1. This time there were no 'tents' in sight, all clothes were tailored, structured or floating.
      Jacquie Harvey has some stunning garments on her website.

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  3. Kuraishi-sensei won a prize at the show in Padukah (sp?) for a quilted wearable.

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  4. Congratulations, Kuraishi-sensei. I have to check it out.

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  5. thanks for sharing these Queenie, I would too have had a wow at the wedding dress

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    1. It took Rosemary a long time to quilt that wedding dress, and her daughter really looked stunning in it.

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    1. It is nice when quilting is done on other things than quilts!

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