‘A World Of Water” by Alexander McQueen from his ‘Plato’s Atlantis’ Collection Spring/Summer 2010. This also featured in his Salvage Beauty Exhibition at the V&A back in 2015
I have always been fascinated by the role nature plays in fashion. Take a look in your wardrobe and your bound to find an item of clothing inspired by or even made from nature. I’m sure you will find items of clothing made from the flax plant, cashmere, silks and many more natural fibres. You may even have a range of fashion prints from leopard prints, ombre prints and floral prints, lets not forget the structure of some items of clothing like frills and ruffles.
The Fashioned From Nature Exhibition at the V&A museum explores the relationship between fashion and nature from the 17th Century to this present day. The exhibition will be available until the 27th of January 2019. I enjoyed taking in every element of this exhibition from the interactive displays to the vast range of designers documented over two floors.
Earrings made from the heads of red legged honeycreeper birds
The top floor of the exhibition focused on sustainably produced outfits by Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney and the popular red carpet dress worn by Emma Watson at the 2016 Met Gala. The red dress was made from recycled plastic bottles and designed by Calvin Klein for the ‘Green Carpet Challenge’.
The ground floor of the exhibition focused on the production of raw materials used from the 17th and 18th Century. As you walk around the ground floor you learn about the fibre industry from Britain to other parts of the World. You then learn about the introduction of man-made materials. You’re greeted by intriguing materials from turtle shells to whalebone and many more.
‘Flower Power’ ‘Floral Helmet by Philip Treacy, Cotton, velvet, Silk & waxed flowers’.
I was throughly inspired by how the V&A curators presented this visually complex and thought provoking exhibition. The exhibition documented so many aspects about the fashion and textiles industry from sustainability to ethical fashion, fashion activism to innovation. It showcases how we use nature for aesthetics as well as taking inspiration from it through the use of biomimicry.
P.S If you visited this exhibition or are planning to visit I would love to know your thoughts