This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington
This exhibition presented fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, taxidermy and unprocessed plant and animal fibres, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.
From grower to point of sale, the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – CELC – brings together all players in the European flax fibre industry. Founded in 1951, CELC is the specialist representative of 10,000 enterprises in 14 European countries, overseeing the fibre, from plant to finished product. Its reach extends internationally by stimulating innovation and building on the values of natural fibres with established environmental qualities.
Inside the Fashioned From Nature exhibition
Take a look inside the Fashioned From Nature exhibition
The future of fashion
As the fashion industry continues to plunder the earth's resources, innovators are striving to find alternative production processes
Fashion inspired by the natural world
Discover more about how nature has provided a rich source of inspiration for fashion over the centuries
Fashioned from the animal kingdom
Working with colleagues at the Natural History Museum, London, we explore some of the materials used to create fashion that are drawn from the natural world
Linen – the original sustainable material
Used by Ancient Egyptians as an expression of class and still popular today, linen is the original sustainable fabric. Find out how it's made
Revealing hidden structures through x-rays
Discover the internal structures of a hat, stays, and a hood - three historic objects from the exhibition, Fashioned from Nature
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Teachers' resource: Fashioned From Nature
Fashioned From Nature museum trail
This trail around the Museum showcases how natural forms have inspired design on many levels