"Hope Macaulay's "A Surreal Rome" catwalk collection, featured at Graduate Fashion Week, New Designers, Salon International and London Fashion Week, is not a representation of reality but a world in which you may find in your dreams, inspired by the history, myths and art of Rome. She created her own mythical beings in a hallucinatory world through large expressive paintings and distorted, collaged photographs. These have been combined into colourful busy prints, detailed beadings and chunky knits to create a powerful visual of A Surreal Rome within the garments. Hope Macaulay garments are busy, bold and colourful experiences, each telling a surreal story."
The Pegasus Fountain Dress
The Pegasus Fountain Dress is a magical experience of a "Surreal Rome", with hues of blue, green and pops of yellow. Inspired by the architecture of the Trevi Fountain, the outfit includes embroidery, beading, merino wool knits and large expressive prints. The rainbow pegasus on the bodice top is machine embroidered finished with detailed hand beading and sequins. The expressive waterfall painting has been transformed into a print on duchess satin and created into a 60s circle skirt with an elastic waistband. The short knitted merino wool jacket has been handmade and finished with pearls, influenced by the beauty of the Trevi Fountain.
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