If a new clothes collection is just a walking art form, therefore at Burberry Fall/Winter 2017 show at London Fashion Week, I saw the double power of art. Henry Moore and Burberry deconstructed and (re)constructed trenches? Well, it might be the coolest art installation of the season. And soon it could be visited. And bought, thanks to the new politics of see now / buy now of the British brand.
Henry Moore’s monumental depictions of the human form were physically on display at Burberry’s Makers House. And the amazing designs of the British house – deconstructed shirts, asymmetric knits, rope-formed designs brought a more abstract approach to the Burberry story on the catwalk. The classic trench was reinvented and updated with larger collars in shades of pale blue and beige and the miniskirts and sheer lace dresses were paired with lopsided cable knit layered sweaters
Why such an fashion&art installation? Christopher Bailey said that he has childhood memories of spending time with Moore’s work in a nearby sculpture park. On the other hand, the iconic trench coats production began in Castleford, Yorkshire—the same town where Moore was coincidentally born in 1898. “Henry Moore art had an influence over my imagination. And I’ve always thought that his silhouettes are monumental yet personal at the same time. And I have included in the collection some details from the photographies of Henry Moore studio”, said Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Burberry.
And thanks to Burberry, the same works that made the perfect setup for Fall/Winter 2017/2018 Burberry show will stay on display as part of an exhibition that’s open to the public: “Henry Moore: Inspiration and Process” is on view February 21–27 at the Soho building.
Photography: (c) Burberry (www.burberry.com)