Preen by Thornton Bregazzi live fashion event heading to the V&A

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audie…

London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum has tapped Preen by Thornton Bregazzi for its next Fashion in Motion event.

The live fashion programme features some of the “greatest designers of modern times,” bringing the catwalk experience to a wider audience by modelling it against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic museum.

Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Roksanda Ilincic and Vivienne Westwood have all previously been the focus, with the V&A now shining the spotlight on Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi’s London-based brand.

“The museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the duo said in a statement. “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics Galleries where we love to look at the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi begins on 21 June in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. There will be four catwalk shows throughout the day at 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00.

The event is free but booking is required – tickets will be available from the museum’s website from 10 June.

“As a west London-based brand, having the V&A on our doorstep is such a blessing – the museum has always been an endless source of inspiration for our designs,” the designers, who started their label in 1996, added. “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

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Preen celebrates Korean divers with fall 18 collection

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s fall/winter 2018 collection was inspired by South Korean divers.Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi unveiled their latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday (18Feb18), with the range including dresses mad…

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s fall/winter 2018 collection was inspired by South Korean divers.

Designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi unveiled their latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday (18Feb18), with the range including dresses made from wetsuit material, skirts with seaweed-like drapes of fabric and shoes that resembled furry sea anemones.

While the ocean references were unmistakable, Thornton and Bregazzi have now explained that the garments were actually influenced by the female Haenyeo divers from the province of Jeju, who are known for their independence and skill in gathering seafood to feed and support their families.

“They dive for octopus and squid; they are the main breadwinners,” Bregazzi told Footwear News. “The men stay at home and look after the kids, and it works perfectly.”

The designers began to research Haenyeo divers after a trip to London’s Maritime Museum. They were especially intrigued by the way in which the women layered tops over their simple rubber wetsuits, with the concept appearing in several silhouettes in their collection.

For instance, one look was comprised of a wetsuit-like top worn over a floaty black skirt with delicate detailing around the hem, while a floral print shirt dress featured elasticated drawstrings around the sleeves and green faux fur detailing on the bodice.

Other highlights included a bright green dress with delicate ruching and pleated skirt and a one-shoulder black dress embellished with shell-like beads and sequins across the top.

Thornton and Bregazzi complemented the outfits with similarly themed footwear options, such as boots inspired by the rubber versions worn by professional divers, and high heels covered in swathes of feathers and fur, with many designs worn with fishnet tights or hosiery dotted with sequins and pearls.

“The green ones were particularly seaweedy,” added Thornton of the footwear. “We wanted something that moved a bit like seaweed, like when you see it half in the water and half on the rocks.”

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi designs featuring on U.K. postal stamps

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is to be honoured with collection of U.K. postage stamps.The Isle of Man Post Office is introducing a set of six postage stamps charting the twenty-year history of British designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, with the…

Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is to be honoured with collection of U.K. postage stamps.

The Isle of Man Post Office is introducing a set of six postage stamps charting the twenty-year history of British designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, with the collection featuring images of iconic pieces, such as the Red Finella Dress worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the 2016 Royal Tour of Canada, and the Citrus Power Dress once sported by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Gwyneth Paltrow. The stamps also include images of garments from the label’s more recent collections, such as a quilted floral dress.

Maxine Cannon, general manager of the Isle of Man stamps and coins, told WWD that the new stamp series aims to emphasise homegrown talent and the advantages of growing up in a small community.

Thornton added that the island, where both he and co-designer Bregazzi hail from, has always informed their design aesthetic.

“We draw on the colours and the raw beauty of the island, the diversity of the landscape and memories from our childhood which have been a great inspiration,” he shared. “From the fishing boats and the lobster pots, to the colours of the promenade, to the sea and the changing seasons, the pagan history and the Celtic symbols have been a great source for us to draw on, and we often incorporate them in prints and designs.”

Prices for individual stamps range from $1.40 to $2.65 (£1-£1.86) and will launch during London Fashion Week (Feb18) when Preen by Thornton Bregazzi showcase their fall/winter 2018 collection.

Late designer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away aged 82 in 2014, was also graced with an honourary stamp collection last year (17). The United States Postal Service released an 11-part collection which featured an Inez and Vinoodh-photographed portrait of the fashion legend and individual homages to some of his signature designs.

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