"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 Colossal Knit Dress
The Colossal Knit Dress, inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, is made from jumbo chunky knit merino wool with various bespoke blends of colours, with acrylic mirror which has been laser-cut to look like "surreal" windows of the Colosseum. The bold and vibrant colours of merino wool were freely handmade and woven together like patchwork. The Colossal Knit also include ceramic mythical being badges, who are the creatures who live in a Surreal Rome. This eye-catching knit is off-the-shoulder and has one sleeve, which has satin colourful painting print frills.