• FASHIONED FROM NATURE

    Fashioned from nature
    Outfit by Stella McCartney, winter 2017, photo credit: © Stella McCartney

    The current exhibition "Fashioned from Nature" in London's "Victoria & Albert" Museum focuses on the complex relationship between fashion and nature. It illuminates 400 years of fashion history and shows historical exhibits such as a 19th century muslin dress decorated with green wings of hundreds of jewel beetles and how great designers such as Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, and Philip Treacy were repeatedly inspired by motifs from nature. However, the focus of this impressive show is the way fashion deals with nature's resources. "Fashioned from Nature" shows how fast fashion damages and exploits the environment, but also presents new and unusual ways in which fashion can become more sustainable with alternative materials, innovative fabrics, and dyeing processes. Examples: A vegan leather fringe dress by Tiziano Guardini for Vegea, made from grape remains from wine production, an ensemble by Ferragamo made from citrus fruit waste and a pineapple fibre clutch.

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    Dress from grape residues by Tiziano Guardini for Vegea, photo credit: © Vegea
    Earrings from heads of real turquoise birds, circa 1875, photo credit: © Victoria & Albert Museum, London 
    Necklace by Michelle Lowe-Holder, photo credit: Polly Penrose
    Emma Watson in Calvin Klein at the Met Gala 2016, photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

    Other highlights of the exhibition: items from Katherine Hamnett's 1989 "Clean Up or Die" collection, the shirt Vivenne Westwood wore at an anti- global warming event, the Calvin Klein recycled plastic bottle dress in which Emma Watson made the headlines at the Met Gala 2016 and of course designs by fair fashion queen Stella McCartney (until 27 January 2019, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, https://www.vam.ac.uk).

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    Greenpeace Detox Catwalk in Bandung, photo credit: © Greenpeace

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