FASHION is the accepted endpoint of Textile – often its intended destination – and in the culmination of our survey of Material: Textile will be Textile in Motion with a catwalk fashion show down the full length of our thirteenth century barn.
With collections that celebrate traditional farming and take futuristic farming methods as inspiration by British womenswear designer Joshua Millard, Danish mens and womenswear designer Henrik Vibskov and Bright Young Thing Sadie Williams. The catwalk show is the final act of our eight week long exhibition dedicated to artists working in tapestry and textile, Material: Textile will close with a celebration of fashion as art.
Headlining the show will be the AW19 collection of mens and womenswear by Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. A graduate of Central St Martins back in 2001, Henrik returned to Denmark where he opened a fashion label under his own name. His work has been shown in publications such as The Face, Brutus, Dazed & Confused, i-D and Wallpaper and he regularly shows at Paris Fashion Week. The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine commented that his clothes had “commercial sensibility and wearability” and remarked on “Vibskov’s incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail”. Henrik’s AW19 collection reflects both the romantic idea of nature and how we interact with it, the clash between wanting to maintain nature pure as it is and the need to interfere with it. The idea of farming, nature and technology was the inspiration for the development of the collection. Voluminous silhouettes with details of binding layers together and prints and embroidery which remind of flowers, fruit, vegetables and endless fields.
Also on view will be the SS19 collection of designer Joshua Millard. Joshua established his London-based womenswear brand in 2016. After graduating from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring, he gained experience at Jonathan Saunders and on Savile Row. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, born from his clients desire to seek tailoring and outerwear that suggest something new, lasting beyond fast trends. ‘For us, luxury respects the conscience of quality and longevity, a wear and wear again appeal that informs the way we consume.’ The relaxed aesthetic balances elegant cuts with playful accents of texture and layering. ‘There is a complex idea of what masculinity and femininity are, similarly with country and citywear, I see no need to distinguish between either, I think we’re not defined by our location anymore.’ Conscious in all that we do, we work with independent makers and mills who share the same regard for ethical production and traceability. The brand places great emphasis on the quality of fabric, the majority of the collection consist of natural fibres which respect the environment and animal welfare.
Our third designer is London born Sadie Williams who creates innovative, textile driven fashion. Juxtaposing modernity with applied craftsmanship. Since earning a Distinction from her Masters degree on the Central Saint Martins Fashion Course, she has become recognised for her distinctive style and aesthetic, capitalising on her strengths in print & textile design. Showing bi-annually on the London Fashion Week schedule, her collections have been highlights as part of Selfridges ‘Bright Young Things’ included in Vogue Festival 2016 and ‘Designs of the Year 2014’ exhibition at The Design Museum.
A VIP ticket to the catwalk show includes drinks and supper in the Long Gallery with an introduction by each designer to their collections before the start of the show. VIP guests are also guaranteed reserved front row seats.
We are delighted to invite everybody to come along to our afterparty from 9pm, so come along and mingle with the designers and cast of the show, featuring tunes supplied by DJ’s Aksel Schaufler (AKA Superpitcher) and Nick AC (Shaftesbury).
7 – 8pm VIP’s drinks and supper in the Long Gallery. Brief intro to the collections by each designer. 8pm Doors open 8:30pm Fashion show 9:30pm – midnight afterparty
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