How the designers were inspired by nature? What was the real relationship between fashion and the natural world? That is the question that this exhibition at Londonese Victoria & Albert Museum is asking.
Fashioned from Nature will run from April 21 2018 – November 27 2019 at the V&A – https://www.vam.ac.uk.
A genetically engineered bioluminescent silk dress, a men’s waistcoat from the 1780s with an embroidered macaque monkey print, a pineapple-fibre clutch bag and a cape made from cockerel feathers, a Muslin day dress decorated with beetle wing case, as well as a Gucci handbag with a a stag beetle motif are among 300 items to go on display as part of the V&A’s next fashion exhibition.
Tracing the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world from 1600 to now, the exhibition showcases examples that combine design and ethical practices. We could see in this exhibition Emma Watson’s 2016 Met Ball Calvin Klein dress – made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles. Or we could admire pieces from Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood and protest groups like Fashion Revolution, who campaign to highlight the increasing environmental damage wrought by the textile industry.
A section of the exhibition will be dedicated to showcasing innovation, with regenerated materials made from everything from household waste to pineapple fibres. A leather-substitute produced by Vegea using grape waste from the wine industry will be on display, as well as an outfit designed by house Ferragamo, made from an orange fibre derived from waste from the Italian citrus industry.
Photography: (c) – https://www.vam.ac.uk.