Interview with Brighton Fashion Week's Liz Bishop
PUBLISHED: 00:16 15 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:00 20 February 2013
We meet the woman who has single-handedly put Brighton on the national fashion map
Brighton Fashion Week started by accident. Well, sort of. Its founder, Liz Bishop, returned from travelling after a serious illness and decided she wanted to work in event management. A designer friend moaned over a cup of tea that she had nowhere to show her work: So I decided to put on a catwalk show and kill two birds with one stone, says Liz nonchalantly. The show, initially part of the Fringe Festival and dubbed Brighton Frocks, grew in success over a period of five years, finally becoming Brighton Fashion Week last year. Lauded by Vogue and Grazia, the extended event was a great success, one of the highlights being Jez Eatons Trashion collection dazzling couture creations fashioned from objects as unglamorous as umbrellas and
The highlight of the social calendar for Brightons sartorially savvy, BFW offers an opportunity for lesser-known local designers to exhibit their wares outside of the capitals more exclusive environs. Weve been called one of Britains super cities, along with London, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle says Liz, and there are a lot of creative people here who all have their own style. The place seems to attract free-thinking individuals who want to see good design thats a little more off-the-wall than you might see elsewhere.
Although at its height Brighton Fashion Week is staffed by around 100 people, for most of the year Liz heads a small and dedicated core team. In Brighton everythings on your doorstep and lots of people want to get involved. This is a very giving event and although a lot of the people working on the event are volunteers, they get a lot out of it one of the models who took part last year is now signed to Storm, and other volunteers have gone on to do great things in the industry.
Whats in her wardrobe?
As an unofficial ambassador for Brighton in the style stakes, Liz has a clothes collection that bears up to scrutiny. We asked her what three items of her own clothing would make it into her desert island suitcase: My little black ankle boots, bought in Berlin, black Topshop jeans that are like a second skin and my black, wide-brimmed 50s hat.