"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 Embellished Surreal Suit
The Embellished Surreal Suit combines a lot of inspiration from Rome together through print and beading. The print I created from large expressive paintings on cotton drill and satin. The suit itself is inspired by the working woman in Rome, with influences from the 70s with the flared trousers and the larger oversized blazer jacket, giving the outfit a bold, colourful statement. The blazer and top are heavily embellished with pearls, beads and mixtures of textiles such as leather, cut in the style of interiors of the Vatican museums, tweed and merino wool. The two detailed beading details on either side of the blazer jacket are inspired by the pegasus of the Trevi Fountain and a surreal cherub living in a hallucinatory world of Rome.
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