Fashion in Motion: John Alexander Skelton

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world.

A graduate of London College of Fashion and Central St Martin's, Skelton has been celebrated by i-D magazine as "one of the brightest, boldest, and most strikingly original talents to come out of London's fashion scene in recent years". Skelton has a sustainable design ethos, he utilises recycled fabrics such as antique bed sheets and old grain sacks, often found in markets. He customises these materials through hand-dying, over-washing, painting and patching to create garments inspired by his research into the past, traditional craft, heritage and politics.

His recent collections have been inspired by themes as diverse as the cotton trade between India and Britain in the 1930s to traditional British 19th-century folk theatre and medieval pagan rituals. His tailoring evokes deconstructed versions of 19th-century menswear such as voluminous frock coats and high-waisted trousers.

Catwalk highlights

Fashion in Motion: John Alexander Skelton, 2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Behind the scenes

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