Interview with the Bedfordshire of Sunday - June 2014

For Michael Hone, his love of fashion started right here in Bedfordshire, in the textile classrooms of Sharnbrook School. years later, and he finds himself showcasing a collection at Graduate Fashion Week. This very event has been a launch pad for some of the most renown British Fashion Designers, from Stella McCartney to Alexander McQueen, so I’m sure you can imagine how big an opportunity this was for Michael and his peers from Birmingham City University.
His Bold and Bright handbags have already caught the eye of the media, with Handbag.com selecting them as some of the best on show at the event.
So before he gets whisked away by the fashion elite, I thought I’d seize the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his collection, his inspirations, and what’s to come after wowing such an exclusive crowd.

Where Did you journey into fashion being?

I’ve always had a keen interest in fashion, my mum tells me stories of how when i was little I would love to just admire clothing in shops. Academically it probably began when I studied textiles for GCSE, which was the start of me creating my own fashion and garments. Which has developed throughout my education at A level, Art foundations and Degree Level.

What Inspired your collection?

This collection was inspired by the 1970s documentary Grey Gardens in which two socialites have become reclusive and live in a dilapidated mansion. They lived in a home infested with cats, fleas and racoons with shattered glass windows and rubbish piled high in every room. They had no running water or electricity but still attempted to dress up and look respectable. Little Edie would refuse to be seen without her lipstick. They would wear expensive old cashmere sweaters on their heads instead of a cheap headscarves as they were unable to afford new clothing. I really liked the juxtaposition of the decay and appearance of wealth.

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