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The Patternbank team were at the preview day of the Victoria & Albert’s new exhibition Fashioned from Nature last week. A great new exhibition that looks at how nature has influenced fashion design, textiles, manufacturing and pattern, throughout the last 400 years. Set over 2 floors, the first floor looks back in history and explores the evolution of how nature has impacted fashion. The upper floor is more of a present-day look at how new designers have used nature in the design process. It also showcases the environmental aspects of how designers now are looking at sustainability within fashion. We also picked up the book that accompanies the exhibition which is also worth a purchase here.

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As part of their programme of inspirational evening events the Victoria & Albert Museum showcased fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos in conversation with Kinvara Balfour. The Patternbank team were there to gain a little insight into the creative minds behind the successful fashion label Peter Pilotto.
After graduating together from the famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, considered one of the strongest and most creative fashions schools in the world, they decided to re-locate to London in order to launch their careers. Peter had already attracted attention with his final collection and with the help and support from the British Fashion Council and the fashion press, their business was already given the boost it needed for commercial success. As a collaborative business the designers experimented with various combinations of both the names, but with nothing working they decided it had to be Peter Pilotto, “It just sounded good”.

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The recent trend for collaborations between fashion and heritage textile design, sees this latest creative twinning. High street brand Oasis linked arms with the V&A at the museum last month to showcase their highly desirable capsule collection. With a selection of botanical prints and feminine florals from the V&A’s archives, Oasis have produced a range of kimonos, dresses and coordinating pieces which are sure to fly. A small selection of patterned footwear completes the look in the shape of V&A printed Gandys flip-flops. Check out the full collection when it launches this month in the UK.



With this compassionate brand you get to look good and feel good at the same time. Gandys was the brainchild of two inspiring brothers after the devastating loss of both their parents in 2004’s Tsunami. Rob and Paul were compelled to continue their parents charitable efforts and give something to children less fortunate than themselves. 10% of the company’s profits goes towards their charity Orphans for Orphans. Read more of the boys story and and check out the charity’s progress here.

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We love a bit of tech at Patternbank and we thought we’d share this beautifully stylish iPad app from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The game is based on William Morris’s classic 19th century textile print the “Strawberry Thief”. In the game you use the Strawberry Thief bird as your cursor to collect fruit and repaint this Arts & Crafts master piece. First you uncover pencil work of swirling vines and intricate flowers on paper, then basic colours fills the screen and finally rich colour and texture brings the 1883 artwork to life.

Games designer in residence at the V&A Sophia George was the creative brains behind this touchscreen app, bringing the Arts & Crafts movement bang up to date in stunning style. You can download the app for free in the App Store.

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Patternbank just love the recent limited edition of Harper’s Bazaar May 2013 issue. A collaboration with the V&A museum, with an exclusive cover featuring the model Sophie ‘Hirschy” Hirschfelder, the Meadow Sweet fashion story was shot by photographer Elena Rendina and styled by Bazaar’s senior fashion editor Cathy Kasterine. The fantastic flower-themed issue takes lush English gardens as its inspiration, just what we need right now!


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