lucinda goodhew

original works

Lucinda Goodhew's long awaited return to the world of fashion has begun with the unveiling of her new collection of exotic evening coats, hand painted cottons, and some real surprises.

After spending the last few years concentrating on her career as an artist, Lucinda Goodhew is finally returning to the world of fashion. Her latest work has been inspired by the vibrant, tropical colours and rich, dramatic light of Goa, a place where she now spends much of each year.

These inspirations are very much a rediscovery of her roots in fashion. Lucinda began her career while living in Mustique in the '80s. It was during an extended stay on the Caribbean island that she began experimenting with paint on fabric. Her work became so popular with friends that she was asked to supply beachwear to Mustique's tiny fashion boutique, Basil's Bar and Boutique. There her work outsold that of Anthony Price, who - at the time - was one of the world's hottest designers.

Lucinda returned to London where she attended St. Martin's School of Art under the tutelage of Lady Jane Barran, who quickly became her friend and mentor. After graduating from St. Martin's, she moved on from beachwear and began painting on other garments, most notably bespoke jackets and shirts. For the fortunate few who have acquired one, these have now become treasured collector's pieces. She has received numerous commissions, including - rather oddly - a pair of hand painted boxer shorts for former prime minister, Sir Edward Heath KG.

Lucinda's move from fashion into fine art occurred when she was invited to create paintings for a charity fundraising exhibition at the Cromwell hospital.

It was then that she realised that her work was every bit as powerful and effective on a wall as it was on someones back. She has since exhibited widely in both London and Barbados where her paintings have sold well. Her paintings and wall hangings can still be seen in National Trust properties in Barbados.

Lucinda says: "I am incredibly excited to be back in the fashion industry. It is where I started out, and I really feel that I am coming home. Although my new collection sprang from some of the same tropical inspirations as my earlier work, it is fresh, different and absolutely right for the feel of today".

Sir Peter Moores with work he had just purchased at one of Lucinda's exhibitions