Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi showcased pieces celebrating the summer solstice, themed around natural floral motifs and pagan references.

Built on an aesthetic of Arts and Crafts-inspired florals and modern graphic lines, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi was founded in 1996 by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi. Their debut collection at London Fashion Week in 2001 used delicate vintage elements and hand-crafted detailing, establishing the brand's punkish sensibilities and subverting traditional motifs with a strong sense of British tongue-in-cheek.

As an independent and progressive label, Preen received the Establishment Designer award at the British Fashion Awards in 2014, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 from the government of the Isle of Man, where both Thea and Justin come from. Preen regularly dress some of the world's most inspiring women including Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé and HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

To coincide with the 21 June's summer solstice – a celebration of light, nature and growth – this catwalk show featured a collection of current and past archival pieces themed around natural floral motifs and pagan references.

Justin and Thea said:

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs. First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Justin Bregazzi and Thea Bregazzi

Catwalk highlights

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, 2019. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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