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Fashioned From Nature

Fashioned from Nature is an exhibition that explores the relationship between fashion and nature from 17th to 21st century. Commissioned by the exhibition’s curator, Edwina, Ehrman, CSF’s Professor Dilys Williams has conceived two installations for the exhibition, Fashion Now and Fashion Futures 2030.  Along with fellow CSF team member, Renee Cuoco, the Director of the Fashion Space Gallery Ligaya Salazar and MA Fashion Futures students. Four  film makers Crack Stevens, Nadira Amrani, Carlos Jiménez and Cieron Magat also took part.

The installations have been realised for public exhibition at the V&A from April 2018 until February 2019, before touring to other international locations.

Fashion Now

Every element of fashion comes from nature. Each day, we express our relationship with the natural world through what we choose to make or buy and wear. But how much do we actually know about what we are saying through the clothes that we wear? Examining five contemporary fashion items, this display follows how we relate to nature across a five-stage fashion lifecycle: design, make, acquire, wear/care, discard.

Referencing eight elements of nature relating to fashion’s lifecycle, the installations, based on familiar fashion dialogues, such as Instagram, purchase receipts, illustration and video, show that fashion’s interaction with these elements frequently reveals an unequal partnership. They go on to suggest questions we can ask ourselves and others, to help us develop a healthier relationship with nature in our fashion choices.

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Fashion Futures 2030

Although we cannot accurately predict the future, we can shape it through our values and actions. It is urgent that we change our current fashion habits in order to keep within a safe operating space on earth.

Fashion Futures 2030 explores what fashion and nature might look like within four world scenarios. The scenarios are based on environmental, economic, social, cultural and technological changes taking place across the globe. They are not predictions, but stories of how the future might unfold, developed through research and with contribution from Forum for the Future.

Stories from these scenarios have been developed into four short films depicting elements of how we might live, dress and value nature. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to share how they would like fashion to be designed, made, acquired, cared for and disposed of (or not) in 2030 through an interactive set of questions. Data from the exhibition over the forthcoming year will be gathered by the research team and analysed into a final account of the scenarios, revealing the choices made by visitors to the exhibition.

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