The Victoria and Albert Museum, London is exhibiting clothes that represent a complex relationship between nature and fashion from the 16th century to the present day. These outfits speak of how nature influences designers to create fine prints and fabrics. The show has fashionable dresses alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.
With over 300 objects, the gallery spotlights genesis of materials like furs and feathers from birds, whalebones, and turtle shells from oceans also flax and leather to name a few. The environmental ramifications of extracting and heavily importing these items is detrimental.
Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Zac Posen are just a few of the big-name designers who feature in the show. The show wraps up how nature has now distinctively turned into a mere tool for crafting and designing. The exhibition is scheduled to conclude on January 27, 2019.
Lucienne Rabaté for Reboux
Hat of suede and Himalayan monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus), Lucienne Rabaté for Reboux, 1946, France.
Stubbs by Stella McCartney
The collection is inspired by George Stubbs, a famous painter from 18th century. His painting – ‘Horse Frightened by a Lion’ was recreated by vegan silk crepe in 2017 for winter womenswear by Stella McCartney.
Watson’s Old Hollywood by CK
For MET Gala in 2016, Emma Watson wore a stunning Calvin Klein dress keeping the Green Carpet Challenge in mind. It was made of Newlife, a yarn made from recyled plastic bottles. Its zips, too, were made from recycled materials.
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