Second Nature Exhibition

second nature exhibitionWhat 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.

second nature exhibitionThe 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.

Cong Tri, Donna Karen and Fyodor Golan

Cong Tri, Donna Karen and Fyodor Golan

Giles Deacon, Roland Mouret and Roksanda Ilioncic

Michael Kampe and Felicity Brown

Michael Kampe and Yinqin Yin

Wali Barrech

Wali Barrech

Tomihiro Kono

Norah Fok

Second Nature

Until 7th of July 2013

Pitzhanger Manor

PM Gallery

Mattock Lane

London W5 5EQ

www.secondnature-exhibition.com

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