Kate Barton is an American fashion designer based in New York City. She graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design with immediate multiple accolades and awards including Mittelmoda at Milan Fashion Week, CFDA Top Fashion Future Graduate, Red Dot Award…
With a focus on technology, shape-engineering and avant-garde draping methods, Kate’s innovative techniques entice the exploration of shape and form to give purpose and authenticity to each garment. Ingenious cutting methods and unconventional material combinations exceed the limit of what expected eveningwear looks like, and feels like, to wear. The sculptural, elegant creations hold serendipitous sustainable advances.
Kate stands for local made-to-order and custom production, curating the finest materials and fabrics to create each product, and advocates for causes that will lead to positive change. She aspires to build a brand that gives back to organizations in need, fiercely advocates for awareness and really makes a change within her community.
Her introductory collection raised awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, in honor of her best friend Claire, who passed away at just twenty-four from the disease. In collaboration with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, she launched the “Rose Bag”, with proceeds from every purchase helping them get one step closer to a cure.
Spring/Summer 2023 Collection
Kate’s approach to her Spring/Summer 2023 Collection was experimental rather than referential. Building on the singular aesthetic she affirmed with her introductory collection, she delved into developmental fabric with innovative and sustainable manipulation methods to give her experiential creations perpetuity – expanding on her exploration of shape and form.
Animated by experimentation and development, Kate was gripped by engineering new fabrics and novel amalgamations. In fusing unconventional fabric combinations, she transforms material into a completely new structure, and combined with her ever-evolving, minimal waste draping techniques, her authentic sculptural silhouettes exhibit textural contrast with a lightweight feel.
Kate Barton aspires to transcend the industry’s typical personality, or theme-driven preoccupations, with her singular processes: her use ofgeometric cutting and fabric manipulation techniques, draping without the use of seams or darts,succeed at transforming rectangular pieces of fabric into garments that swathe effortlessly on the body with a multi-dimensional perspective, her fabric-first approach is a sustainable solution that creates maximum volume without excess and layering fabrics. These minimal waste techniques give opportunity to create endless possibilities, adding inspiration to hasten her innovative thinking.
The liquescent and multi-dimensional materials, assimilated withinnovative manipulation methods, achieve classicism with an unconventional, modernized point of view. Magnified by her visual choices: stylist (Tom Eerebout), photographer (Marcus Cooper), and model (Pyper America Smith), Katesets the tone for a univocally modern take on evening wear.
photography by @marcuscooper
styling by @tommeearebout
video by @Lucian_0
hair by @teofani.manus
make up by @tayabaxmarcier special thanks to @lauramercier