The beginning of the week marked the last day of the brilliant Burberry exhibition showcasing their most recent collection, AW17.
Alongside the sculpture inspiration
Christopher Bailey combined Womenswear, Menswear and Couture, to put on a spectacular show during London Fashion Week. The show was held at the Burberry show-space, Makers House, which was then re-purposed for a beautiful exhibition of the entire collection.
The inspiration for the collection was the life and work of the late sculptor, Henry Moore. The mezzanine floor displayed Bailey’s sketches alongside the sculptors work, showing the translation between the two.
Large sculptures were dotted throughout the space, celebrating the beauty of Moore’s work. This really helped to associate the finished product with what Bailey found so inspiring.
The main attraction of the exhibition were the couture capes, which hung from the ceiling on sculpted mannequins. The suspended capes were truly magnificent, each with their name and inspiration marked out on the floor below.
Without a glass cabinet or red-rope in sight, you were able to get right up close to the pieces, a rare gift from the Burberry designer. This allowed me to see every hand-sewn edge and thread of bead work, making me even more appreciative of the skill involved.
Just when you thought he couldn’t have come up with another variation of the cape, each managing to be so different from the one before, you’d walk to the next and be completely blown away. Fox fur which follows the form of a Henry Moore sculpture, shearling overlaid with lace and embroidery, a cape made completely from magnifying glasses and one sculpted from shells.
Although the main attraction, for me at least, were the capes, the rest of the collection was also showcased in marching order. This showed the Moore print shirts, Breton stripe tee’s inspired by the sculptors apron, and re-worked Aran knit jumpers…as well as of course the Burberry trench.
Unfortunately the week long exhibition is now closed, but you can watch the full show on Burberry’s website here https://show.burberry.com/uk/, as well as shop the collection as per Bailey’s new ‘see now, buy now’ ethos.