London Fashion Week Shows

Kate's handmade couture jewellery has appeared at London Fashion Week on two separate occasions.

London Fashion Week 1 - click to view Kates Couture Wear video at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week 2 - click to view Kates Couture Wear video at London Fashion Week

Hand Made Couture Jewellery by Kate Mead

Kate’s passion for designing textiles grew initially from her fine art studies, where she began to question and challenge the behaviour of the material’s she worked with. Kate went on to study Textile Design at Birmingham City University and gained a First Class Honours.

Her final degree collections, coupled with her continued fascination for exploring and sourcing materials that could be altered or challenged through experimentation and applying technique developed further, resulting in Kate launching her own range of couture accessories in 2006.

Kate’s work combines hand led techniques and processes including; traditional embroidery, fabric manipulation and beaded embellishments. These techniques and skills have been developed over several years and it is these skills and techniques that are what defines her as a designer – the opposite of mass produced textile manufactured outcomes. It is this response, coupled with craftsmanship and skills that help to create truly individual products for her clients.

All of Kate’s designs are handmade and are the culmination of her continued exploration of the possibilities and qualities of materials, combined with  her dedication to continually grow and expand her own skills.

Her couture accessories and jewellery have been designed to compliment a range of outfits and styles, they challenge the preconception of an ‘accessory’.  Each piece is developed to compliment the wearer and embrace the shape and form it highlights.

The majority of Kate’s couture jewellery, available from the online shop, have appeared at London Fashion Week, accessorising fashion designer Jacob Kimmies catwalk collection.

Couture Past Event Show List

Kate Mead has showcased her stunning couture fashion wear across the UK, from London Fashion Week through to local events in her birthplace of Shropshire.

Showing Off, Ludlow UK - 2011
Gorgeous, Ironbridge UK - October 2010
Handmade In Britain, Bath UK - Christmas 2009
London Fashion Week , London UK - September 2009
Effervescence 3, Sussex, UK - 2008/2009
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow - 2008
London Fashion Week, London UK - September 2008
Origin Craft Fair, London UK - October 2008
Selfridges ‘Storm’, London, UK - March/April 2008
New Beginnings, London UK - 2008
Designer Crafts, London UK - 2008
Clenkenwell Dressed, London UK - 2008
New Designers One Year On, London UK - 2007
BDI Industry and Genius Awards, Birmingham UK - 2007

Teaching Practice

Kate is also a visiting lecturer to higher education students studying for a bachelor of arts in textile design degree.

After being approached when exhibiting her work about workshops and teaching textile practices Kate developed a keen interest in developing her teaching practice further. She has completed her Post 16 Teacher Training and continues to enjoy this alongside her commercial design work.

If you are a professional institution and you are interested in Kate delivering a professional workshop or series of workshops to your students or members please use the contact form to get in touch.