The kimono is the ultimate symbol of Japan, revered within the country as the embodiment of national culture and regarded internationally as an exotic fascination. The iconic garment is often viewed as traditional, unchanging and timeless, but this exhibition counters that conception. The Kimono is seen as highly dynamic and and the exhibition reveals its sartorial influence on pop stars from David Bowie to Björk and examining the ways in which fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen have reworked its legacy. The exhibition runs until 21 June 2020 at The V&A, see more.More →
Whether the opulent gowns of Christian Dior are you usual cup of tea or not, if you have a passion for fashion or just a love of textiles, you will be wowed by the V&A‘s current exhibition. If you’re lucky enough to snatch a ticket that is! Currently sold out, with only a handful of “first come first served” tickets available on the day, the exhibition’s popularity has lead to an extension until 1st September. If that’s all too much like hard work, we’ve taken a few shots for you to enjoy!
Patternbank recently discovered the eye-catching and vibrant embellishments of Leeds based textile artist Jessica Grady. We wanted to find out more so we asked her about herself and what influences her designs and techniques.
I am a contemporary embroidery artist who works from my home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire. My colourful and highly tactile work has been exhibited in various galleries and publications across the UK and Europe and I am also a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory. Recently I have been awarded the 2018 Embroiderers Guild Scholar award.
Other pieces are dissected features of eyes and some elements within the subjects are left blank, leaving the viewer wondering the feelings and emotions of the model. Follow her on Instagram for updates of her work and coming exhibitions of her work here.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you work?
Using recycled paper, fabric and wire I try to capture the delicate detail and beauty of nature. Influenced by plants, insects and found objects, I create intricate, life-sized sculptures and arrange them into collections and dioramas. I have always been fascinated by the natural world and for me my work is very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. My work aims to encourage curiosity and promote an awareness of the environment. I want to bring the small, hidden and overlooked details into the public eye and encourage people to consider their importance.
For anyone inspired by the vibrant work of Frida Kahlo, prepare yourself for a rare treat. The V&A have announced a special exhibition to showcase the eclectic wardrobe of one of the most influential female painters of the 20th century. This is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display Kahlo’s clothing and personal possessions, including prosthetics, medicines, accessories, jewellery, photographs and letters. The exhibition runs from 16th June 2018-4th November 2018. Booking in advance is recommended and we’ll be first in the queue to explore her collection of fascinating belongings! Tickets are now on sale at the Victoria and Albert Museum here.
Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print & pattern collections, from Fall 2018 RTW Paris Fashion Week. Look out for our A/W18/19 Catwalk Print and Pattern Trend Report coming soon, an overview of all the recent shows containing the strongest print and pattern trends.
Dries Van Noten
Images via Vogue
Stylised Florals – Detailed Biro Drawings – Art Brut Inspired – Psychedelic Swirly Pattern – Limited Colour – Frenzied Drawing Style – Pen Texture
Patternbank brings you a concise overview of the most important print and pattern collections, from Spring 2018 RTW Paris shows.
Dries Van Noten
Images via Vogue
Graphic Scarf Prints – Abstract Florals – Large Scale Paisley – Loose Checks – Oriental Florals – Brocade – Outline and Simplified Florals
Diane von Furstenberg’s SS18 RTW NY collection was a strong palette of rich colours, striking colour blocking and lush hand painted oriental Lilies and graphic flora.
Diane von Furstenberg photos via Vogue.com
Vivienne Tam’s SS18 RTW NY collection was a mix of Chinese mystical cultures, with this seasons focal point being the Chinese blockbuster Sci Fi film, Monster Hunt.
Vivienne Tam photos via Vogue.com
Patternbank highlight some of the recent Resort 2018 Collections, in particular Valentino, who showed a strong palette of colours, from pink to green, yellow and red, alongside bold ethnic prints and placement embroidery, all mixed with a young, sporty vibe. Watch out for more on the Resort 2018 shows, which are a great insight into the next upcoming trends of the season.
Exquisite hand embroidered textiles with threads intact, reminiscent of samplers from historical collections, were the offerings from Sarah Burton and her team for the Alexander McQueen fall 2017 collection at Paris Fashion Week. They found their inspirations in Cornwall, collections of flora and fauna, sun and star symbols and ribbons and threads, a truly beautiful offering.
See the full Alexander McQueen collection on Vogue.com
Watch out for our Fall 2017 Catwalk Print Trend Report to inspire you in all your new seasonal developments – live in March. Check out our Spring/Summer 2017 Catwalk report here.
Maison Margiela’s Fall 2017 collection executed by John Galliano, included clever cut-outs and fabric manipulations, a mash-up of styles and cultures in every sense.
Antonio Marras hit the runway with his latest collection at Milan’s Fashion Week, RTW Fall 17. A crazy mix of traditional florals, checks and Argyle compiled in Antonio’s clever cut and paste tailoring.
See Antonio’s full collection on Vogue.com