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V&A to host sustainable fashion exhibition, Fashioned From Nature, next year

Georgina Wilson-Powell

13 November 2017

What do a cape of cockerel feathers, a pineapple fibre clutch bag and Stella McCartney have in common? They’re all involved in the new Fashioned From Nature exhibition at the V&A next year, which looks at the complex relationship between nature and fashion since 1600.

Fashioned From Nature will look at the glam and the not so glam side of fashion - the way the industry has damaged the environment with its thirst for raw materials as well as the role design is now playing in discovering more sustainable ways forward.

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The Fashioned From Nature exhibition will include over 300 exhibits from the last 400 years

There will be 300 exhibits, from A-list fashion such as Emma Watson’s Calvin Klein dress from the Met Gala that was made of recycled bottles and a floral dress from Erdem’s Green Carpet Challenge collection as well as space given to protest groups and campaigners like Fashion Revolution.

Fashioned from Nature will draw attention to the use of innovative fabrics. Vegea use grape waste from the wine industry to form a leather-substitute and their Grape gown will be on show, as will a Ferragamo ensemble made from ‘Orange Fiber’ derived from waste from the Italian citrus industry and an H&M Conscious dress made from recycled shoreline plastic.

Fashioned From Nature will run from 21 April 2018 to 27 January 2019.

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