Friday, November 17The Voice of London

The V&A are going green with their newest fashion exhibition

London’s newest exhibition is making fashion sustainable.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has revealed that its next fashion exhibition will centre around the fascinating and sometimes bizarre relationship between fashion and the natural world. Titled “Fashioned From Nature”, the exhibition promises to showcase some of the best and brightest collaborations between mother nature and our favourite designers.

We’re excited to announce our #FashionedFromNature exhibition. Opening in April 2018, we invite you to explore fashion and nature’s complex relationship. 300 beautiful, intriguing and unsettling objects highlight fashion’s dependence on the riches of nature. Featuring exquisite garments, accessories and sustainable fashion from leading designers including: @dior @stellamccartney and @calvinklein. How can the industry and us, as consumers, design a vibrant but more responsible fashion system? Find out at our seminal exhibition – tickets on sale now – link in bio. Generously supported by the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – CELC @wearelinen Image credit: Elbow length cape of curled feathers stitched to cotton made by Auguste Champot France ca 1895 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum

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Expect to see designs from legends such as Stella McCartney and Philip Treacy, and remember to keep your eyes peeled for standout pieces such as the clutch bag made entirely from pineapple fibre. Alongside pieces from modern designers like Vivienne Westwood and Christian Dior, the museum will showcase fashions that date all the way back to the 1600’s. One to look out for? The 1860’s dress decorated with the green wings of jewel beetles.

But don’t fear, it won’t all be feathers and insects. The museum has promised to not only focus on organic materials but also eco-focused pieces and innovative designs made from recycled goods. So, you can also expect to find Emma Watson’s 2016 Met Gala look designed by Calvin Klein, entirely made from recycled plastic and designed to be re-worn. The ensemble will be placed alongside slogan tees from the 90’s, and pieces designed by Vivienne Westwood with the intention of drawing attention to the environmental impacts of fashion.

The museum has stated that the focus of the exhibition is not only to show off beautiful creation but also to highlight the impact the fashion industry can have on our ecosystem. So naturally, the exhibition will also explore ways of making fashion a more sustainable and planet friendly business.

The exhibition opens on April 21st, 2018 and will run until January of the next year. This means that you have plenty of time to go on a trip to the V&A and experience this different kind of fashion.

Words: Kadie Eve | Subbing: Zornitsa Valkova

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