Current: Fashioned from Nature, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
‘The first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day’
Exhibiting a dress in the ’21st Century Designers’ section of the exhibition.
As part of ongoing research into embellishment alternatives to fur and exotic animal materials, a dress from ahimsa-silk organza was created featuring spun-glass and wild rubber embellishments. The particular focus for this dress being light and ethereal qualities most often associated with feathers and fur.
Spun glass is manufactured in the UK from a continuous filament process and offers an unconventional yet haptic decoration that moves with the wearer. Wild rubber strips used to hold the glass are hand cut and sourced from a workers cooperative in Brazil who extract the rubber from wild trees in the Amazon Rainforest. The main body of the dress is made from ahimsa-silk organza – ahimsa stands for ‘non-violence’; it is a more humane silk alternative extracted after the silk worm has emerged from its cocoon, sourced from a cooperative in Cambodia.