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Fashioned from nature

Fashioned from Nature opened at Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 21st April 2018 and runs until 27 January 2019. It is the first time any exhibition has looked at sustainable fashion in an historical context.

Fashioned from Nature traces the fascinating and complex relationship between fashion and the natural world from 1600 to the present day.

It shows the history of fabrics and fashion materials, the fashion industry, the dedicated campaigners fighting against fashion’s environmental impact, and contemporary designs that merge high fashion and sustainability. The 1600 to 1900 section presents the most commonly used fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, and wool), controversial materials like whalebone and mother-of-pearl, and intriguing alternatives such as spun glass, vegetable ivory and pineapple fibre.

The 1900 t section presents exquisite garments and accessories from different designers (starting with Dior), showing how fashionable dress recurrently draws on the beauty and power of nature for inspiration. As to nowadays fashion Fashioned from Nature has selected environmentally conscious garments by designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, and Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dr Turning to solutions, the exhibition shines a light on innovative, sustainable fabrics from often surprising sources, from Ferragamo’s fabric starting from citrus fibers to Vegea’s use of waste from the wine industry to create a leather-substitute.

Biella, 24 May 2018

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