‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibit upcoming at V&A Museum London, UK
In a showing of true material inspiration, the Victoria and Albert Museum announced this week that they will host the ‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibit, which will reveal fashion’s destructive and interdependent influence on art and clothing design. According to the National, the “300-piece show, seeks to trace the relationship between fashion and the environment from since the 1600s” opening in late April. Controversial materials, such as whalebones and Hawaii’s songbirds, exploit the devastation of animals and have shifted momentum behind sustainability efforts for new materials.
‘Fashioned from Nature’ will be showcased alongside one of our sourcing community members, Katharine Hamnett. Her ‘Clean Up or Die’ collection displays an outfit worn by Vivienne Westwood, an outspoken climate change activist who campaigned during the late 1980s. Stella McCartney, another featured buyer, has collaborated with Bolt Threads to create a “tunic and pair of trousers made from synthetic spider silk.” This ensemble will complement other innovate designs featuring plastic bottles, orange fiber, genetically engineered bioluminescents, leather sourced from grape waste, and much more. Clothing is being reimagined without the casualty of our beloved wildlife creatures.
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