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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.

William Kilburn(1745-1818)

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Time is running out to visit The Fabric of India, a fabulous exhibition at The Victoria Albert Museum which ends on 10th January 2016. The exhibition was highlighted by Vogue as a must-see and we would agree, if your a fan of Indian textiles like The Patternbank Team then you won’t be disappointed. With around 200 objects many being brought out of storage for the first time and the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day this truly is a gem of India’s rich textile tradition. Particularly interesting and beautiful were some of the more utilitarian fabrics that show the sheer brilliance of India’s craftspeople. The exhibition is organised by curators Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel. Go check it out and the V&A is always a delight in itself.



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Dries Van Notens’ womenswear  A/W 2012 collection was not only a Textile Designers dream but one that showed pieces for everyday wear.
There was structured tailoring in the form of engineered ethnic prints inspired by visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In particular the decorative arts and costumes of the world. Textiles from China, Japan and Korea were photographed then assembled into beautiful collages. Embellishment took form as embroidered birds in flight or dragons on elegant jackets for evening wear or, for those of us who dare, day or night! For some Textile inspiration the Victoria and Albert Museum is certainly somewhere to while away a day or much longer! If London is not on your doorstep then order yourself a copy of ” Dress in Detail From Around The World” by Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson here. Images

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