Exhibition On now until Sunday, 27 January 2019

Fashioned from Nature

The first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day

Inspiring V&A show determined to incite change

Karen Dacre, Evening Standard

  • On now until Sunday, 27 January 2019

  • Gallery 40

    Members do not need to book.
  • £12.00

    Concessions apply.
    Advance booking is recommended.
    Members do not need to book.

This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Supported by

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.

Exhibition Highlights

Waistcoat, 1780 – 1789, France. Museum no. T.49-1948. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mantua, 1760s, France. Museum no. T.252 to C-1959. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Evening coat, Alix (Madame Grès), 1936, France. Museum no. T.234-1976. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Trouser suit, Bruno Pieters for Honest By, 2017, Belgium. Museum no. T.1702:1&2-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Muslin day dress decorated with beetle wing cases, 1868-9, Britain. Museum no. T.1698:1 to 5-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Hat of suede and Himalayan monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus), Lucienne Rabaté for Reboux, 1946, France. Museum no. T.384-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Clean Up or Die’ man’s ensemble, Katharine Hamnett, 1989, Britain. Ankle boots by Shellys. Museum no. T.208 to E-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Rootbound # 2’ dress, Diana Scherer, 2017, Netherlands. © Diana Scherer

Skirt with train, about 1890, England. Museum no. T.35-1950. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Outfit made from leather off-cuts and surplus yarn, Katie Jones, 2017. Photograph by Rachel Mann

Jacket and trousers, John Malkovich, 2017, France. Shoes, Christian Louboutin, 2018, Italy. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ensemble, Stella McCartney, Winter 2017. © Stella McCartney

Calvin Klein Green Carpet Challenge dress worn by Emma Watson to the MET Gala 2016. © Matt Baron/REX/ Shutterstock

Jacket and jeans of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ denim fabric at the Gold Level, shirt and boots, G-Star RAW, 2018, Netherlands. © G-Star RAW

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Background image: Fashioned from Nature, 2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London