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The V&A Presents Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English

LUXURY BRITISH, women’s and menswear label Phoebe English will be the next designer to feature in Fashion In Motion, this October at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Fashion In Motion will highlight the precise beauty of six years of Phoebe English’s collections. Made in England, the Phoebe English, label deploys lost and rarely used garment construction and fabrication techniques, embodying the mark of the maker.

pe1Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

The fashion collections will be centred within set designs, produced to capture the imagination and involve the viewer, setting the label apart from trend led, mass-made fashion design. The collections are aimed toward a balance between design and craft. A pop up shop of selected garments, specially crafted pieces for the V&A and unique exclusive works to be sold at V&A promotional prices will feature as part of the show.

English says, “Taking part in Fashion in Motion has a particular significance to me, as the V&A was the museum in which I decided to follow my interest in fashion. It is the building where my love for clothing and design were contextualised into a tangible practice and pathway”

After debuting her first fashion collection and graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA from their Fashion Programme, English won several awards including L’Oréal’s Professional Creative Award, the Chloe Award and the Ungaro bursary. This collection was also picked up by luxury fashion shop, Dover Street Market London.

pe3Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

In 2013, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise awarded English a mentoring and sponsorship as part of the coveted Venture Programme. And two years later, Forbes listed English in the 30 under 30, influential Art and Style category and her menswear line, Phoebe English MAN, was awarded the NEWGEN Award by the British Fashion Council.

Inspiring designers, students and researchers, the V&A  is home to some of the UK’s biggest national, fashion collections along with unique and comprehensive collections of world fashion spanning the last four centuries.

V&A fashion curator, Oriole Cullen says, “Phoebe English is a designer for whom the presentation of her work is an integral part of her design process. For each of her collections she creates intriguing and beautiful scenarios in which to showcase her designs. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Phoebe as part of the V&A Fashion in Motion programme, particularly as she has previously used the Museum as a source of inspiration for her collections”

pe2Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

Catwalk shows from leading, international fashion designers bring their collections to V&A Fashion In Motion, to show fashion garments moving and animated, as they should be seen. Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacriox are some of the designers previously showcased at the museum.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Featured Image: Phoebe English, Autumn Winter 17 Presentation, photo: Polly Brown.

Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English opens October 20. Tickets are available online. Admission is free.
The exhibition will be shown in the Raphael Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

 

The Met’s Costume Institute Announces Fall 2016 Exhibition

THE Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute presents Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion for its Fall 2016 exhibition which will feature some of the organisation’s most significant acquisitions of the last 10 years. Curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan, with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, the exhibition aims to present fashion as a living art that interprets and becomes history – and also inspires subsequent art.

Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 (2011.8) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie KellenBall Gown, Viktor & Rolf SS10. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The show will also explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy and acquired prestigious masterworks, including iconic works by designers who have shaped and changed fashion history.

Dress, Sarah Burton (British, born 1974) for Alexander McQueen (British, founded 1992), spring/summer 2011;The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2014 (2015.69) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie KellenDress, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS11. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ensemble, Raf Simons (Belgian, born 1968) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Christian Dior Couture, in honor of Harold Koda, 2016 (2016.256) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie Kellen
Ensemble, Raf Simons for House of Dior, AW14-15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Key highlights will include approximately 60 fashion masterworks from the early 18th century to present. Each piece will be accompanied by an explanation of its significance within fashion history.

Ensemble, John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for Maison Margiela (French, founded 1988), spring/summer 2015; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2015.541) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie KellenEnsemble, John Galliano for Maison Margiela SS15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some recently acquired pieces will also be placed alongside pieces already in the collection to demonstrate the continuous influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes.

 

Ball Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856-1926) for House of Worth (French, 1858-1956), 1898; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Paul Pennoyer, 1965 (2009.300.1324) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie KellenBall Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth for House of Worth, 1898 Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2010 (2010.148) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen
Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 by Rebecca Acres

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion will exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, The Met Fifth Avenue, from  November 8, 2016 until February, 5, 2017

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty show at V&A extended

Portrait of Alexander McQueen, Photographed by Marc Hom credit redit line: © Marc Hom / Trunk ArchivePortrait of Alexander McQueen ( 1997). Photograph: Marc Hom
© Marc Hom / Trunk Archive

THE Victoria and Albert Museum have announced that more than 50,000 additional tickets have today put on sale for the gallery’s spring headline exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty which has also been extended for two weeks with additional early morning and evening slots made available to provide as many opportunities as possible for visitors to see the exhibition due to an unprecedented demand for tickets.

Spray painted dress No.13 SS1999_model Shalom Harlow. Image: CatwalkingSpray-painted dress No.13 SS99, model Shalom Harlow. Image: Catwalking

The V&A has now sold 30,000 advance tickets with online pre-bookable tickets sold out for the first five weekends of the exhibition which opens in March which breaks the gallery’s record for the most advance sales for a V&A exhibition. Tickets will be available in person at the Museum every day of the exhibition run however.

Duck feather dress by Alexander McQueen, The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009-10, Model: Magdalena Frackowiak represented by dna model management New York, Image: firstVIEWDuck feather dress by Alexander McQueen, The Horn of Plenty AW 09-10, Model: Magdalena Frackowiak
represented by dna model management, New York, Image: firstVIEW

by Caroline Simpson

lexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opens March 14 until  August 2, 2015

Admission £16 (concessions available). V&A Members go free.  Advance booking is advised – this can be done in person at the V&A; online at www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty; or by calling 0800 912 6961 (booking fee applies)
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