Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 21 April 2018

Fashioned from Nature

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

  • Opening on Saturday, 21 April 2018

  • £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 the

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

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Suit, Richard James, 1998, England. Museum no. T.111:1&2-2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Pair of earrings, about 1875. Museum no. AP.258-1875. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Day dress, 1825 – 1830, England. Museum no. T.74-1988. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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T-shirt, designed by Greenpeace, 1990s, England. Museum no. T.602-1997. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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

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Cape, Auguste Champot, about 1895, France. Museum no. T.84-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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

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Jacket, 1600 – 25, England. Museum no. 1359-1900. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Greenpeace Detox Catwalk in Bandung. © Greenpeace/Hati Kecil Visuals

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

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

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Grape dress made with Vegea, a leather alternative made from grape waste © Vegea

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Ensemble, Stella McCartney, Winter 2017. © Stella McCartney

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

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