The Show 2011

The Bath Spa University Graduate Fashion Show was spectacular on Monday night. Perfectly located in the Assembly Rooms which has been the haunt of the fashionable society since the 18th Century. The atmosphere was electric. As the lights went out we were bombarded by flashing strobes and figures running around the stage in a frenzy. The show had begun!
The first collection was 'White Shirts', designed by the first years, a staple classic for anyones wardrobe and in this case a work of art. The second years followed with ‘External Projects Designers’ and ‘Black Dress Designers’. The External projects were designs for Firetrap, Fashion Capital for Asos Black, Vanessa Lewis, Ted Baker and Mulberry. The black dresses were eye catching, every one so elegantly different and just as the white shirt a black dress is a must for any wardrobe. They were beautiful pieces of work and it amazed me how every student’s style was so unique.
The Graduate showcase was extremely inspiring and the students displayed their artistic talent incredibly. My personal favourite designers included Isabella Kent-Webb mainly because I love my vintage clothes. I could personally see myself wearing her clothes. The pieces were romantic and elegant, inspired by her great grandmother who was a cartoonist in the 1930’s. Tamsyn Pack for her strong and powerful designs, I fell in love with a black and lilac mini dress in her collection which was powerful enough to sit alone without needing any layering or accessories just as Tamsyn showed. Hannah Richardson for her detailing and use of layers with different fabrics without overwhelming the look. Lucy Penny for her 'Skin Deep' designs using fabric to resemble bones and Alice Parrot for the glitz and elegance of her evening wear. A white backless dress to die for. All the collections were outstanding and modelled beautifully.
Hannah Bennetts, Emily Booker, Pennie Bryant, Hope Burridge, Grace Butler, Saski Ford, Sophia Hallam, Hannah Harwin-Barclay, Hayley Johnson, Sophie Jones, Isabella Kent-Webb, Ji-Hoon Lee, Katie Mills, Tamsyn Pack, Alice Parrot, Lauren Pearse, Lucy Penny, Victoria Rich and Hannah Richardson. Congratulations!
The impressive show production was by top producer John Walford (Founder of The Fashion Scout), hair by Artizan, Make-up - No 7 by Boots and without Louise Pickles (course leader and coordinator of fashion) this amazing production would never be.
The continuous support was from Bath in Fashion, The Bath Fashion museum, Bastyan and Bath and North East Somerset.
It was a fantastic night and I now can't wait for next year!

See my images of the night below (click to enlarge).

Christina x

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All photos taken by Christina Sim, Just so Fashion Bath.
Twitter: @justsofashion


shhhhhhh! It's a secret.............

Mrs Stokes Presents
'The Secret Tea Party'
Charleston & Cake

Well what can I say, I have just kicked off my dancing shoes and collapsed into a heap on the sofa.
What a sheer delight to have attended this wonderful little secret. A full afternoon tea in Bath with the ladies, vintage style. What better way to spend the day.

Mrs Stokes
 Hosted by Mrs Stokes herself we were greeted with smiles and champagne at the top secret location! The atmosphere was exciting with professional dance duo 'Hoppin Mad' in full swing getting everyone in the 1920's spirit.

Best Dressed
Charlie Albers
Of course the fashion was the main thing on my mind and I couldn't wait to see what everyone was wearing, I wasn't disappointed one little bit. As I glanced around the room there was such an array of fashion. Everyone had made such an amazing effort, dressed in full vintage from all eras. There was a sea of shapes, colours and accessories galore. One lady won the best dressed award for the most authentic 1920's costume 'flapper style'.  We had stepped back in time. 

The vintage specialist shop 'Vintage to Vogue' were also at hand giving expertise fashion tips at their stand, selling some of their beautiful accessories from their shop in Bath.
The extremely talented 'Pop up Parlour' also had a stand creating vintage makeovers from any era you should request.

After a full Charleston dancing workshop we sat down for afternoon tea served on Mrs Stokes adorable vintage china. It was so beautifully presented with extremely generous portions of sandwiches and cakes. Nobody went hungry! As well as admiring the china we could actually buy our very own from Mrs Stokes pretty vintage stand also at the venue. A Mrs Stokes tea set was one of the prizes in the raffle along with a vintage fashion gift from Vintage to Vogue, dance classes with Hoppin Mad, dinner for two at The Green Park Brasserie, gifts from Fairy Glass and Very Vintage, all humorously presented by Mrs Stokes and Countess Arseuppi. To conclude the party Muriel Lavender performed a couple of very approriate and funny poems dressed in Burlesque, she had the room hooked and entertained. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
Mrs Stokes Vintage China
Once you have bought your ticket the secret location is revealed so you must follow @secretteaparty and @mrsstokeschina on twitter or use the email addresses below and find out when the next one will be.
Perfect for girly days out and hen parties in Bath, don't miss the next one. It is a vintage treat!

Christina  x
Just so Fashion Bath

Charleston with Hoppin Mad

Pop up Parlour

Vintage to Vogue

Emma Dance (left) @emmacdance and Myself (right) @justsofashion

Left: Muriel Lavender

Afternoon tea with the ladies

Emma Dance, Taste4Travel.

Mrs Stokes vintage china is based in Bath. Mrs Stokes also hosts The Secret Tea Party and organises 'It's darling!' vintage and artisan fair in Bath.

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All photos taken by Christina Sim, Just so Fashion Bath.
Twitter: @justsofashion