Discover Bethany Williams‘s Spring Summer 2018 Women for Change menswear collection, focused on bring about positive change for marginalized parts of society.
“The Spring/Summer 2018 collection “Women of Change” focuses of women’s rehabilitation, working closely with female prisoners and the San Patrignano drug and alcohol dependency program. In an interesting twist on the ongoing discourse around gender when a man buys a piece from the “Women for Change” collection the proceeds to go supporting some of society’s most vulnerable women. All materials sourced and created are 100% organic or recycled, even down to the buttons which are handmade in the Lake District by Jean Wildish who plants her own trees for the production of wooden buttons, and handmade in the UK and Italy. Bethany Williams will be available for sales during Paris Fashion Week at The London Showrooms.
Bethany Williams has worked with female offenders in prison on the jersey pieces from this season’s collection as part of the “Making for Change” program, a social enterprise set up jointly by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and the Ministry of Justice,providing skill and meaningful employment for serving and recently released offenders to help reintegrate them into society. Bethany works closely with the programme working with the women across textile development and educating on the design process and their role within the wider supply chain, teaching increasingly technical manufacturing techniques in order to prepare them as they will be fulfilling production for retail on this collection. 10% of profits will be donated to the “Making for Change” programme for machinery.“
Creative Direction: Bethany Williams & Andrew Skipper
Fabrics Creation: San Patrignano
Hand Screen Printing: Charlotte Kidger
Models / Casting: TIH Models – Models affected by homelessness Mustafa & Christopher
Technical Production: Ella Strudzinska
Studio Assistant: Natalie Hodgson
Hand Knitting: Karen Kewley
Photographic Direction: Amber Grace Dixon