#1: Fashioned from Nature, V&A Museum (21 Apr)
You can always count on London’s leading museum of art and design to stage the best fashion-related exhibitions. Opening this month, The Victoria & Albert Museum will be holding the “Fashioned from Nature” exhibition, which will look at the complex relationship between fashion and couture.
The first UK exhibition of this nature, the exhibition will span the period of the 1600s till the present day, while exploring how elements of the natural world have influenced fashion design over the years. Fashionable dress will be presented alongside natural history specimens and innovative design processes, prompting visitors to think deeply about the materials of their clothes, and how they are made.
There are some definite must-see pieces, and top of the list is the iconic Calvin Klein gown that British actress Emma Watson donned at the MET Gala in 2016, which is made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles. Also look out for other interesting pieces, such as an outfit made from leather off-cuts and surplus yarn from knitwear designer Katie Jones, and a dress made from Vegea, a cruelty-free, vegan ‘leather’ material made from wine byproducts. Designs from Stella McCartney, famous for her ethical and sustainable approach to fashion, will also be on show.
“Fashioned from Nature” will run from 21 April 2018 – 27 January 2019 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. £12 (S$22) per ticket.