Sadie Williams SS16 Press Release


For her second British Fashion Council NEWGEN presentation, Sadie Williams will be showcasing a Spring/Summer 16 collection entitled Barnes B after the house she resided in throughout boarding school. Williams’ fun multi-textile collection remains imbued with her youthful, yet feminine sensibility.


Inspired by her noughties school discos, intimate photographs from friends of those parties are used as source material for this personal presentation. A neoprene dress featuring irreverent tufts of embroidery thread from her original teenage friendship bracelets are combined with fixed metal balls that are laced all-over the garment.


Williams’ glittery fabrics continue to be a dramatic driving force; lurex is artfully transformed through her signature textile techniques by light bonding and a considered application of bold graphic shapes. Delicate layering of her favourite sparkly fabric appears with luxe white sheer organza silk and bright metallic leathers to produce a layered collection of juxtapositions.


Sporty hued sweatshirts and lycra are adorned with abstract floral print applique, whilst sparkly ribbons have made an unlikely companion of chunky metal hardware that gild the straps of tops. Working with a fuller silhouette, Williams uses boxy t-shirt shapes, running tops and ample sized skirts to create a wearable ease. Large culottes and dramatic wide leg pants are used to further enhance a spirited tomboy attitude.


Williams’ first jaunt into fashion design began as a teenager, customising tops that she hand-finished with ribbons and shimmering patches sourced from Shepherds Bush market. The elegant simplicity of those materials from her initial designs are woven into a layered presentation that pairs unassuming materials with expressive luxe fabrics. These new creations acquaint themselves with a teenage exuberance whilst successfully fusing together a cool contemporary woman in the process.


Finalising her vision, Williams has enlisted maker Joseph Bond to reproduce her boarding school bunk bed, which served as both a personal sanctuary and playful exploration zone. Williams’ hand-worked garments hang alongside the polaroids of the collection pinned to the desk area, finalising her individual depiction of school. The set is finished off with a life size bed lovingly decorated with a specially designed lurex duvet and school accessories.


Sadie Williams graduated from Central Saint Martins’ MA Womenswear Textile course in 2013 under the late Louise Wilson.  Selected as one of Selfridge’s Bright Young Things in the same year, Williams’ inventive, textile-driven designs have continued to receive critical acclaim. She has appeared at the Design Museum and also collaborated with high street retailer & Other Stories. Born and raised in West London, Williams’ complex and intriguing materials continue to be sourced from market stalls and suppliers in and around her favourite haunts in the area.


Bwalya Newton