To mark her label’s 10-year anniversary, Simone Rocha chose to explore a subject close to her heart: mother-daughter relationships.
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Thus, the Dublin born designer invited us to the medieval church of St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London to attend a processional show spun from the rituals and reality of bringing a baby into the world: new life, new beginnings, tenderness, christening, baptism and communion.
This translated into an array of “childlike proportions”, from extra-large bibs to cotton shirtdresses that resembled communion dresses, soft pastel colors and delicate knits, all embellished with pearls, delicate embroidery and endless ruffle trims.
“I was looking a lot into the way children interpret and wear clothes, but then also birth, the ceremony of christening and communion gowns. And baby pointelle knits, the ribbon threaded through the eyelets. And mohair baby cardigans. And Swaddling. And…” – she said to Vogue – “at the out-of-control body dislocation that going through the whole process causes…”.
These references to childhood were also coupled with those of motherhood. The nursing bra, usually seen as a purely practical garment, inspired new design possibilities. As their removable flaps were folded out to propose a different silhouette, they revealed intricate beading and embroidery underneath.
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