[T]his year saw a new age of sustainable fashion: integrated onto the catwalk and red carpet alike, nature and design are working together to innovate the fashion industry. Made up of a selection of 300 of weird and wonderful eco friendly objects, the exhibition will trace the relationship between the two worlds since 1600. Think of “a pineapple fibre clutch-bag, Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles and a cape of cockerel feathers”, anything and everything that exemplifies the coming together of the fashion and natural universes.
With brands drawing on new natural inspiration each season, the retrospective will include iconic pieces from Christian Dior, Dries van Noten and Philip Treacy. The aim? To explore the role of design in creating a better, more sustainable fashion industry, especially by showcasing contemporary designers who have been a part in this. Notably, Stella McCartney’s womenswear and menswear works which have been created with new alternative materials will be on display. Exhibiting the significantly innovative fabrics and materials being created every day – like grape waste into a leather substitute, or shoreline plastic recycled into a dress – the fashion world is working to keep up the Three Rs.
Going deep in the archives to see how raw materials have changed over the years, curator Edwina Ehrman has also brought together a bold selection of posters, slogan clothes and artworks to “show how protest movements have helped draw attention to the harmful side of fashion”. Working to present solutions to the fashion footprint on the world, the exhibition is a positive exploration into a sustainable future. Check it out from 21st April 2018 until 27th January 2019 at the V&A gallery, and for more information, click here.