Photos: Egle Vasi. Derryn Vranch | Styling: Sarah Baker | Model: Janine Craig | Hair and make up: Lisa Caldognetto | Shoes by ChaniiB | Additional clothes: OSKA | Assistant: Alex Hesterberg
Art to wear: connecting painting and life. Introduction by Lynne Franks OBE.
Carole Waller’s focus as an artist has always been the connection between painting and life. This is what drew her to move art out of the frame and create her stunning ‘artwear’, which has been applauded and appreciated throughout the world.
She has enjoyed global success, selling through the world’s top retailers as well as being exhibited in major galleries since starting her one-of-a-kind, hand painted fashions, in 1986.
Her clothes, scarves and paintings can be found in the V&A in London as well as in her gallery in Bath, and on walls and in wardrobes around the world.
Handmade clothing: timeless, wearable textile art
Her designs are about spirit and the individuality of the owner and Carole believes should be worn anywhere, anytime, from the supermarket to the wedding. They are timeless and completely wearable pieces, giving their wearers confidence and joy.
Carole believes that, “a piece of clothing should look different every time it is worn, depending on the mood of the wearer”. Her interest in movement and the energy of colour, in combination with a sense of the ephemeral make clothing a perfect medium of expression.
She has explored her successful art glass works and paintings from a different perspective. ‘The juxtaposition of toughened glass protecting a fragile membrane of silk reminds us of the sensitivity of the human body , and our skin, which is protected by the wrappings of our clothing.”
Her vibrant colours and shapes can also enhance the emotions of the wearer. Carole believes they give you freedom from conformity and give confidence, spirit and a feeling of timelessness, always staying fresh and forever wearable in your wardrobe.
Art to wear: slow fashion at its best
Says Carole, “You will never want to throw them away. You might eventually want to give them away to your children and friends. It’s slow fashion at its best”.
For this 2020 collection, Carole’s original inspiration comes from visits to the beautiful city of Florence, firstly as a child and then as a teenager – and in January 2020. She was particularly moved by Massaccio’s frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel and Fra Angelico images in the convent of Santa Maria Novella.
“It’s the calming soft colours together with the grace and humility of the frescoes which I particularly love and have worked this timeless feeling into the fabric I have designed for this collection. We need to slow down and cut out the noise,” she reveals.
Lynne Franks, OBE. May 2020