"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 Roman Goddess Dress
The Roman Goddess Dress is a stunning, dreamy, busy printed and heavily layered dress with detailed beadings and flared sleeves. The dress is inspired by the sculptures of Romans, Gods and Goddesses in the National Roman museum, as they wear fabric draped in layers and knots as their clothing. The prints are very busy, bold and filled with expressive paintings and collages from photographic images of Rome, combined together to create a visual of a "Surreal Rome". The dress is one shoulder and has a corset underneath to give the dress support so it can be worn beautifully and flow magically whenever it is worn.
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