Sadie Horler has released a love song to the city, in the same week as her graduation.
Released on 28 July, Sadie’s Love Song to Brighton came out a day before Sadie received her BA (Hons) Textiles Design with Business Studies degree at the Brighton Centre, at the culmination of a week that has seen the University’s first in-person summer graduation ceremonies since 2019.
The song – played on BBC Radio Sussex this week as part of an interview with Sadie – name checks some favourite things Sadie has enjoyed during her degree studies. Alongside the city’s vibrant inclusive community and the shops of North Laine, Sadie writes about the starling formations around the piers – which also inspired the amazing tile work adorning the facade of the University of Brighton’s Elm House on Lewes Road, the new home of its School of Business and Law.
For her graduation degree show staged in June at the University’s City Campus on Grand Parade – and still available to view online – Sadie served up a bright and bold reinvention of bridal wear that added colourful prints and Victorian-inspired floral decorations to traditional white wedding garments, to create something striking but very personal that could be worn again.
“Like people renew vows, this allows people to renew their sentimental wedding garments,” said Sadie. “It creates a new life for bridal wear that can be worn to other special occasions, instead of being left in the attic never to be seen again.”
Speaking about her wider degree studies, Sadie Horler said: “I have really enjoyed my time at University of Brighton. I have made so many friends, and the lectures have been so inspiring. It has also been lovely to step outside of the Grand Parade building to walk just a few minutes to the seafront. And with my printed textiles degree, I am going to make bespoke merchandise for my music, and carry on designing other prints and fabrics.
“Alongside the release of Love Song to Brighton I’m planning to do a lot more writing, and I’d love to do a little tour. I’ve got a lot of festivals and gigs this summer.”