May 1, 2012
Young WA model turned designer Emily Bathgate recently debuted her label With Grace at Perth Fashion Week.
The ‘Riviera Dreaming’ collection With Grace showed was inspired by the Mediterranean coast and has been described as ‘elegant bohemian’.
Bathgate said that showing at Perth Fashion Week was a dream come true.
“I’m still pinching myself actually,” she said.
“Having my own show, and at a fashion week no less, is something that I have been working towards, a true ambition, for years.
“I loved every second of the experience that Perth Fashion Week was and it was a fantastic opportunity to introduce With Grace to the rest of the world.”
Bathgate started her label in back in 2011 and says the fashion week will be a stepping stone to success for her label.
“Right now I’m working on getting the ‘Riviera Dreaming’ collection into stores – both locally and, hopefully, one or two national boutiques too,” she said.
“It’s so exciting for me to truly introduce With Grace to the lives and wardrobes of others, as it’s such a huge part of [my life].”
Bathgate began her fashion career when she was 15, as a model.
“I knew I wanted to be part of it all … I’m thoroughly enjoying working from the opposite side of the fence,” she said.
“What I may lack in years, I make up for in dedication, ambition, passion and hard work.
“If you have a dream, chase it – no matter who, or how old, you are.”
Photos: Courtesy With Grace and Dropstitch.