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Rose Fulbright: A Family Affair

Mar 16th 2015 at 11:57 PM

FOR Rose Fulbright, there was never any question that she would become a fashion designer. The grandaughter of the acclaimed ceramacist and artist Susan Williams-Ellis, Fulbright was in the design studio getting creative from an early age and, when many children her age were attending dance, music, and sports classes, she was taught to sew. Having launched her eponymous loungewear and lingerie label in 2013, after graduating from Parsons Paris and the London College of Fashion, she is now drawing on her fascinating family heritage for her designs.

Picture credit: Doh Lee "The new Tropical collection is based on a bespoke print featuring my grandmother's paintings of tropical fish," Fulbright told us. "Susan started scuba diving in the late Forties using early scuba equipment innovated by Jacques Cousteau, and was still drawing from life under the sea in her Eighties. I will never forget the magical feeling of visiting her studio as a child. When developing ideas for this collection, I looked at her work for inspiration and her tropical fish paintings became the main feature. I spent months crafting a print with the right rhythm in colour and movement."

The collection in question is a seven-piece assortment of dressing gowns, pyjama separates and a particularly covetable draped beachwear cover-up, inspired by the flowing, bohemian silhouettes favoured by the Bloomsbury Set in Thirties London. While the silks are sourced from the ancient city of Suzhou, where the finest silks in China have been produced for over 2000 years, it is handmade in Britain which - given that her great-grandfather founded the village of Portmerion - is an important element of her business.

"Everything is made in Britain: the loungewear pieces in London, and the lingerie in South Wales," she said. "Having trained in couture sewing techniques in Paris, I am fastidious about the correct finishing of my garments. The excellent quality of craftsmanship in the United Kingdom is well-known throughout the world and I am proud to support and be a part of it."

And it's not just the UK that Fulbright is keen to support. Five per cent of all proceeds from the collection will be donated to Oceana, a charity helping to protect the world's oceans. See the collection for yourself at a special catwalk event taking place in London next week to raise awareness for the charity.

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