Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

I didn’t know a great deal about Cristóbal Balenciaga and his work before I visited the Victoria and Albert’s acclaimed exhibition. Of course I knew the name but I was unaware of the vast influence his exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs have had on fashion. Whilst not on the scale of the Alexander McQueen blockbuster, ‘Savage Beauty’ the…

Street Dance

So I must apologise for the ‘radio silence’ here at moderneccentrics. It’s been a very hectic month and we’re not out of the woods yet but here’s one of the things we’ve been up to. In preparation for a submission for the Wearable Expressions Show in California, we asked the dancer Maya Williams to come over for…

Speed of Light – Terence Donovan

Beginnings and endings, it’s funny how often they affect the way we think about what goes on in the middle. Very often though they have little relevance to what goes in-between. ‘Speed of Light’ is the first major retrospective of the work of Terence Donovan (though there was a show of his work ‘The Eye…

The Quest for Darkness – achieving Black with Natural Dyes

I hadn’t realised that some people found it difficult to achieve a depth of black in natural dyed fabrics, until I was showing some of my WIP samples to fellow makers. I’ve previously managed to achieve lovely greys by using rusted wire on silk, before natural dyeing, in two separate processes. With the fabric I…

Textile Alchemy at the WAC Gallery

For once, I’m not going to write very much about this wonderful show, the end of year exhibition of the Advanced Textile Workshop at Morley College. This is because Zoë Burt, the tutor has summed things up so eloquently, and done my job for me. ‘Students have had exciting opportunities to creatively develop their professional textile…

Looking Forward No4 – The Catwalk Show

‘Waterloo Bridge, Grey Weather – a collaborative project. Leaves on the river surface, rust in the water, floating downstream… copper chains halting the drift, ‘eucalyptus’ clasps hold and reflect the natural dying process.’ Program Notes This is not fashion – this is a garment, constructed from natural hand dyed eco-printed silk, held and shaped to…

MISSONI ART COLOUR at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Prepare yourself for an overload of shades, tones and colours – the spectrum is almost infinite, and the experience is breathtaking. The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey and the MA*GA Art Museum, Gallarate, have collaborated to produce this overview of the work of Missoni, the Italian family firm founded in 1953, and famous for…