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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

 

Leanne Claxton Launches SS17 Collection

ARTIST Leanne Claxton inhabits the space between fashion and art, translating intricate oil paintings into stunning digital prints which are then transferred onto silk and cashmere scarves. A lover of the outdoors, Claxton derives endless inspiration from the natural world – her SS17 collection influenced by the works of late American artist Georgia O’Keefe in particular, who likewise urged her contemporaries to appreciate the beauty of the flora surrounding us, which all too often goes unnoticed. Beyond this, Claxton explores how significant flora and fauna are to our memories of, and associations with, certain places, times or even events.

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The Ruben print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

The Art of Flowers collection is both vibrant and wistful. Bright prints evoke the exoticism of far-flung corners of the world – such as the electric Malay design which recreates the patterns found on the butterfly wings and bird species of Asia, whilst more neutral, earthy and somewhat melancholic designs reflect the artist’s longing for her homeland, England or induce nostalgia for summers spent abroad in Spain, where wild meadows are left to grow.

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The Malay print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

The SS17 collection began, as have all of Claxton’s previously, with a series of detailed graphite sketches which are then re-interpreted as oil paintings, transformed into digital patterns and finally transferred onto fine fabrics, at which point they become highly intricate and entirely wearable pieces of art.

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The Coco print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

 

Having grown up in Lancashire, Claxton moved to London in 2002 to undertake a BA degree in textile design at Central Saint Martins. After graduating, she trained in Paris under Christian Lacroix and has since worked both in-house and as a freelance print designer for a number of highly-acclaimed brands across Europe, as well as in Hong Kong and New York. In 2015, she set up her eponymous art and print studio back in Lancashire – a studio which continues to flourish – and where she freely exercises her creativity and explores her craftsmanship.

A credit to her multidisciplinary expertise, Claxton flows effortlessly from paper to canvas to computer screen to fabric, moving seamlessly between the physical and digital worlds to create truly spectacular and thoroughly unique pieces.

 

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The Malay print from the SS17 Collection © Leanne Claxton

by Hannah Bergin

The collection is  stocked by
Coco Boutique: 3/7 Wayfarers Arcade Southport Merseyside PR8 1NT. 01704 513393.
Competitive Edge: 31 Burscough St Ormskirk L39 2EG. 01695 578778.
It is also available online from her site and The Clothing Lounge, Silkfred  and NJAL.
Prices range from £68 – £148.