What is the influence of nature on fashion?
That is the intringuing perspective adopted by Gemma Williams, curator and designer of the Second Nature exhibition in the Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing.
Flowers, birds, insects, trees, skulls and much more have invaded architect Sir John Soane’s country retreat. Dresses are made with feathers and necklaces with dandelions, while black butterflies almost climb a wall and worms are worn as broches.
The show explores the elaborated relationship between nature and fashion, trying to understand its impact on inspiration, patterns, material and shapes.
Presenting a sparkling review of this underlying link, the exhibition features the work of more than 40 international artists and designers, such as Cong Tri, Giles Deason, Lara Jensen and Roksanda Ilincic.
Two gigantic greenhouses welcome some impressive pieces of clothing in the middle room making you feel like you are entering a white garden of fashion. Inspired by the collective passion of Sir John Soane, the small room is designed as a cabinet of curiosities, gathering all the surprising pieces of this show.
Second Nature has adopted a captivating angle to talk fashion. A must-see.
Until 7th of July 2013
London W5 5EQ