Fashion in Motion: Anna Sui

February 2000

Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings catwalk couture to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the Museum.

'The Victoria and Albert Museum has long been my favourite museum in the world and requires a visit every time I’m in London. So much of my design process involves research into the periods represented at the V&A.'
Anna Sui

Sui’s Spring 2000 'Rococo Gypsy' collection was inspired by the 18th century, a time when women were first empowered with theories of liberation and fashion was at its frilliest and most embellished.

Sui’s prints were taken partly from the V&A’s collections of 18th-century Indian palampores,Chinese export silks and Liberty of London paisleys,coloured in the palette of Boucher, Fragonard and Liotard. Her garments borrow the pleats, ruffles, ruching, scallops, embroideries and laces of the Rococo period. They are mixed with a little Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones for rock star cool and styled with the street fashion of decorated denim.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work.

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Paper Cut by Anna Maria Garthwaite (Giclee Print)

Paper Cut by Anna Maria Garthwaite (Giclee Print)

Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763) Knife-cut cut-paper work, with pin pricking and collage, paper and ink on a vellum backing. 1707.   Gicl&am…

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Event - iPad Fashion Illustration

Sat 04 April 2015 10:30–17:00

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Work with fashion illustrator Sue Dray to explore the creative potential of the iPad. Take inspiration from the garments on display in our Fashion Gallery and learn how to create your own fashion sketches using apps like ArtRage.

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