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WWD: “The Rising Design Stars to Watch From New York Fashion Week Fall 2024”

For her fourth collection, Kate Barton continued to hone her futuristic brand (as recently worn by Heidi Klum), expanding from eveningwear to more ready-to-wear separates, sculptural jewelry and accessories.

“I wanted to grow this Kate Barton world where the lines are blurred between digital and reality. A lot of our social media followers think our pieces are AI [generated] so we really wanted to build on that,” she said of using her sculptural draping technique (which doesn’t use seams or darts) on knits, outerwear and tailoring that had an architectural, 3D-imaged effect and serious sex appeal in the tradition of Thierry Mugler.

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Vogue Press
Vogue Press

Vogue: “The New NYFW: Five Debuts to Know About”

“…catering to the art crowd with her unique sculptural approach to dressmaking is Kate Barton. A recent SCAD graduate, Barton molds plates covered in metallic leather to accentuate streamlined silk evening dresses. Barton is clever, and so her sculptures are removable with magnets hidden in between seams or behind the boning of corsetry. For fall, she wanted to add “versatility and dimension” to her line by including styles that lean into the ready-to-wear space. Corsets, mini skirts, and bralettes, all accentuated with Barton’s signature shapes, might attract a younger crowd, though it’s her draping work with liquid iridescent silks that makes her one to look out for.”

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The Cut

The Cut By Cathy Horyn

Kate Barton finished the graduate program at the Savannah College of Art and Design only last year, and in October launched a line of eveningwear, 20 styles in all. She’s worth watching because her approach to evening and dress-up is indeed innovative: She has developed her own engineered fabrics in shimmery whites and solid, watery hues, using a local dye house to get her own colors, and metallic trims, which in some cases are actually a coated leather. Her draping is free-form (and fresh-looking for it) and her workmanship excellent. Best of all, her dresses are superlight. She’s working on developing a wholesale business, but for now, her dresses — priced from $1,900 to $3,500 — are custom-order.

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Women's Wear Daily
Women's Wear Daily

Women’s Wear Daily

Emerging designer Kate Barton, on Thursday, is debuting her spring collection with the launch of her e-commerce platform. The New York-based designer, who graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2021 and received multiple awards and accolades, including Mittelmoda at Milan Fashion Week, CFDA’s Top Fashion Future Graduate and Red Dot Award, is aiming to advance “unique approaches to eveningwear” with her namesake label.

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Harpers Bazaar
Harpers Bazaar

HARPER’S BAZAAR: Eveningwear Is Now for the Weird Barbies, Not the Bougie Babes

On the runways this season, designers are updating and subverting ideas around gala gowns and red-carpet dresses

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Elle
WWD Rising Star

ELLE: “All the Best Looks From New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023″

In just over a year, Kate Barton has become a name to know in the New York fashion scene. Her truly one-of-a-kind approach to draping and garment making set her apart from the crowd, with beautifully dyed pieces that are uniquely hung on the body, almost taking on another dimension. This season, Barton added to her initial offering with separates that are sure to wow buyers. She’s moving at her own pace, showing that slow and steady really does win the race.

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“KAT GRAHAM AT THE GLAMOUR WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS IN KATE BARTON”

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Kate Barton SS23 Look 1

Halle Bailey for The Guardian Little Mermaid Editorial

Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey wears Kate Barton SS23 Look 1 for The Guardian’s Little Mermaid Editorial

 

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“WWD: The Spring 2024 Eveningwear Market at New York Fashion Week”

Kate Barton’s spring collection further showcased the designer’s use of innovative fabrics and her modern take on eveningwear. The designer continued the use of engineered leather and liquid-like fabrics to create draped dresses, corsets and skirts that can be mixed and matched.

“It’s really blending in this development of textiles and textures and this almost illusion of metal and liquid looks, while still being very wearable and having functional silhouettes that people still feel good in and that showcase the right features,” Barton explained.

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Kat Graham wears Kate Barton SS23 Look 7

Kat Graham in Kate Barton
Kat Graham in Kate Barton
Kat Graham in Kate Barton
Harpers Bazaar
Harpers Bazaar

“HARPER’S BAZAAR: 13 RISING FASHION BRANDS TO HAVE ON YOUR RADAR THIS FALL”

You can get a sense for Kate Barton’s ambitions by listening to the playlist at her collection previews. Early-’00s Britney, Christina, and Beyoncé all appear—and Barton’s dresses are fit for modern pop divas. Specifically, Barton uses an innovative draping technique that makes dresses and separates flow like water from a single piece of fabric. Minis come in sticky green sequins and a leatherlike lavender material; liquid metal silver and patent black are also in the mix. Paired with detachable metal embellishments and quirky resin bags, the resulting pieces look like they belong on the VMAs red carpet—or in the closet of a woman who wants to channel her inner award winner on her next night out.

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Paige Desorbo wears Kate Barton FW23 Look 12

 

WWD: “FGI Unveils Rising Star Finalists for 2023”

Becoming a “Rising Star” award winner is an aspiration for many emerging talents in the fashion industry, and the Fashion Group International has revealed its roster for this year’s finalists.

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WWD Rising Star
WWD Rising Star
CFDA Press
CFDA Press

CFDA: “NYFW Talent Watch: Kate Barton”

“Kate Barton has been on the fast track to success since debuting her MA thesis collection at Savannah College of Art and Design. The designer received an award for innovation at the Mittelmoda competition at Milan Fashion Week, was selected for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, and featured in publications including Vogue Italia and ELLE.”

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WWD Sketch

“WWD: New York Spring 2024 Designer Inspirations”

“A new take on American eveningwear, one that is singular, versatile and of the time.” – Kate Barton

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WWD Press
WWD Press

WWD: “The Evening Market at New York Fashion Week”

“From Naeem Khan’s 20th anniversary love parade to arctic inspirations at Pamella Roland and Andrew Kwon, WWD spotlights some of the happenings from formalwear’s fall collections.”

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WWD Press
WWD Press

WWD: “New York Fall 2023 Designer Inspirations”

“Newcomers Kate Barton and Nayon Kim show off their architectural prowess, while Thom Browne and Heron Preston mark a homecoming.”

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Cosmopolitan April 2023 Issue

Cosmopolitan April 2023 Issue

Floating Goldfish Accessory Bag featured in Wild Pieces + Statement Manis in Cosmopolitan

 

FIRST PLACE WINNER OF 2021 MITTELMODA FASHION AWARD

 

“Innovation Main Award” 10.000€ cash prize offered by Confindustria Moda & Fondazione del Tessile Italiano:

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CFDA RUNWAY360 FASHION FUTURE GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2021

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From USA TODAY Fashion Week 2021 photos: Demi Moore, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and more

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Christine Quinn

“CHRISTINE QUINN CELEBRATING THE MET’S FRIENDS OF THE COSTUME INSTITUTE IN KATE BARTON”

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2023 Latin American Music Awards - Arrivals

“WWD: LELE PONS AT LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS IN KATE BARTON”

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