I’m saying slightly hypocrite because fashion recurrently draws inspiration from the natural world. Think about the natural silhouettes of Dior or the organic designs of Dries Van Noten. However, fashion’s production process and high demand for materials are damaging the environment. Fashioned from Nature will shine the spotlight on both polluting and conscious materials, as well as famous campaigners and protest groups like the Fashion Revolution and will furthermore explore designers and brands that are looking for solutions to create a better, more sustainable industry.
Expect contemporary designs from sustainable fashion brands, such as Stella McCartney, who is known for her development of sustainable materials. Or the Calvin Klein look Emma Watson wore during the 2016 MET gala, which was made from recycled plastic bottles. Furthermore, visitors can admire a variety of innovative fabrics, like the leather-substitute made from grape waste, produced by textile research facility Vega.
Additionally, the exhibition will look back about four hundred years to explore traditional and controversial materials. Some examples are: a pair of earrings made from honeycreeper birds, a muslin dress decorated with the iridescent green wing cases of hundreds of jewel beetles, a corset made from whalebone, or a turtle shell fan. It further explores the timeless materials still used today, such as silk, flax, wool and cotton and then zooms in on the introduction of man-made materials, which brought fashion to the masses whilst simultaneously contributing to pollution.
After browsing through some of the protests against this pollution, such as posters, clothes and artworks, the visitor can explore a range of solutions reducing fashion’s impact on the environment: from a denim production process that only needs a little water, to a dress grown from plant roots created by artist Diana Scherer. Altogether, the exhibition features a positive outlook on a substantial problem. It is critical about the industry we all love whilst also providing the visitors with inspiration and examples on how to do it right.