A fashion festival brings new style to Bath

The attractions include an Amanda Wakeley show and a pop-up store

London might be Britain’s fashion capital, but from March 23 to April 1 Bath will be a strong contender for most stylish city, when it stages the third annual Bath in Fashion festival.

The historic destination – which, thanks to its Roman and Georgian buildings, is a World Heritage City – will play host to a nine-day programme of talks and exhibitions, as well as a catwalk show by Amanda Wakeley (dress pictured) and a vintage fashion fair and tea party, with a Best Dressed Couple award judged by local designer Pearl Lowe.

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Attendees can also expect to see Bath resident Manolo Blahnik discussing the Art of Shoes with professor of fashion Iain R Webb, a film screening of Beyond Biba, introduced by the label’s founder, Barbara Hulanicki, and a millinery exhibition by Stephen Jones (hat pictured), who’ll also be in conversation with fashion critic and British Fashion Council ambassador for emerging talent Sarah Mower.

One of the highlights of the week is a talk by Mulberry founder Roger Saul. Entitled Fashion to Farming and Back!, it will chart his transition from chairman of one of Britain’s most successful fashion labels to owner of Sharpham Park, a 1,000-year-old deer park that’s now a thriving organic farm and food brand. Saul will also be bringing a satellite of his latest venture with him – a pop-up of Kilver Court, a designer outlet situated in a regenerated textile mill in nearby Shepton Mallet. Festival-goers will be treated to discounts of up to 70 per cent off luxury labels such as Orla Kiely, Nicole Farhi, Margaret Howell and Hawick cashmere.

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