Carole Waller is a designer and artist who makes unique painted clothing - She has been stocked at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and specialist galleries and stores in the USA - and recently opened her own ‘wearable art’ gallery - One Two Five gallery in Bath, UK. This is the Spring collection ’STONE AND THREAD “ inspired by the architecture and craft of Bath and Georgian England. She uses painting and screen printing in these one of a kind pieces. They are available online and through her gallery @ www.carolewaller.co.uk & www.onetwofivegallery.co.uk
Photography - Andrew Farrar
Model - Alice Elizabeth Greenman
Hair & MUA - Dani Leroy at Nick Brain, Bath
The official excerpt from the One Two Five Gallery:
Carole Waller has taken the 250th anniversary of Bath’s monumental Royal Crescent as her inspiration for a stunning new collection for spring/summer 2017reflecting her take on the textures and colours of the city. Her fascination lies not just with “the perfection of the façade but with the stories that surrounds it; the detail of the scrolls on the iconic columns, the weathering of the Bath stone pavements and the patterns on the roadway”. These are recurring themes subtly depicted throughout the collection, broken up by blocks of colour and gestural brush marks.
The brand new exhibition at the Fashion Museum, “Lace in Fashion” has also proved a source of inspiration; looking at the grids that the lace creates and how they cannot be separated from their connotations of decoration, ornament and femininity. Lace and its delicacy is contrasted with the bright palette of the summer season’s graphic trends. Carole explains that “both themes reflect a huge investment in craftsmanship, in time and precision and a delicacy that is appealing to me”.
Carole’s aesthetic is all about Art to Wear with each piece having its own identity created by painting directly onto silk and other fabrics. Carole says that “each piece is unique as the person that wears them. She continued “I believe that people want to have a personal connection to their clothes, their art, the things that inspire them. They want to be able to express their creativity and individuality and my clothes let them. It’s alchemy between the garment and the wearer, and because each piece is completely unique, you won’t see someone else in the same dress as you.”
The collection for spring/summer 2017 includes easy- to-wear blouses and shirts, shift dresses, stunning jackets and coats, a circular skirt and palazzo pants and a range of her best-selling scarves. Her distinctive aesthetic is complemented this season with a capsule wardrobe of simple black and grey pieces The versatile range suits many occasions; styled formally for a special event or dressed down with jeans, has timeless appeal for every age. For someone planning a wedding this summer Carole can create a bespoke outfit as a one-off commission, a surefire way to stand out from the crowd.
Carole has established her particular brand of clothing ‘I’m no walking Canvas’ from her Bath studio and has been stocked by stores like Liberty, Fenwicks and Harvey Nichols. Her focus now is all about building her brand in Bath with her boutique, One Two Five Gallery on historic Abbey Green which also showcases fabulous ranges of contemporary jewellery and Gary Wood’s beautiful ceramic ware.