65 Roses, In Memory of Claire Booth
Kate Barton is an emerging American fashion designer advancing unique approaches to evening wear. She focuses on creating womenswear that is both sculptural and innovative while still being wearable and empowering. With an emphasis on innovation through two techniques, acrylic thermoforming and fabric manipulation cutting methods, her designs remain true to her aesthetic of elegance and sophistication, while exposing modern, bold details. The silhouettes and unconventional material combinations used in her collections continually push the exploration of 3-dimensional shapes while infusing contrasting elements to create emphasis and detail. She feels it’s important to have a balance between creating art and making the person feel beautiful in the garment.
Through experimentation with technology, innovative approaches, and shape-testing, the designer is striving to create an atmosphere that entices the exploration of form and gives purpose and authenticity to an elegant garment.
Barton’s inspiration behind her S/S 2021 collection is her best friend Claire, who passed away at just twenty-four this summer from Cystic Fibrosis. Her goal is to honor her by raising awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as she strives to give a deeper purpose to her garments.
Barton grew up in Kansas City and earned her bachelors degree at The University of Alabama in fashion merchandising and business. She will receive her Masters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in fashion design in 2021. During her time at SCAD, Barton has been recognized by the CFDA as a national Finalist, awarded the winner of Christian Siriano’s Live Red Carpet Event showcasing young designers, and was featured in SCAD’s Fashion in Frame film. Recently, Barton has begun expanding her designs beyond couture gowns to feature accessories, shoes, and ready-to-wear pieces.