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Fashioned from Nature: The V&A exhibition set to explore sustainable fashion. 

Fashioned from Nature

This year, The V&A museum launches ‘Fashioned from Nature,’ a revelatory fashion exhibition tracing the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world, spanning over four hundred years.

Fashionable dress has always drawn on the beauty and power of nature for inspiration, something shown in the wealth of the exhibition’s offerings, from garments from Christian Dior to accessories from Dries Van Noten. The environmental impacts are also set to be explored, from the demand for raw materials through to key campaigners such as Fashion Revolution and Vivienne Westwood.

Whilst exploring the consequences of fashion on the natural world, the exhibition will also present a range of solutions to reducing the environmental impact. Low water denim and the use of wild rubber will be presented alongside more conceptual and collaborative projects, helping to set a precedent for a sustainable future within the fashion industry.

Fashioned from Nature

 

On display, you can expect to see a pineapple fibre clutch-bag, Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles (seen at the 2016 Met Gala) and a cape of cockerel feathers.

In 2018, our desire for sustainable and ethically-sourced fashion is set to rise. 66% of Millennials state they are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, according to Nielsen. As brands follow suit, with luxury brands such as Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo adopting fur-free strategies for 2018, the V&A’s ‘Fashioned From Nature’ could not be more timely, offering a valuable contribution to the conversation around sustainable fashion.

 

‘Fashioned From Nature’ opens from 21st April 2018. More information can be found here.

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