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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Dior to stage cruise show in Marrakech

Dior is heading to Marrakech for its next cruise show.The French fashion house is heading to Morocco in a couple of months, with the show to be staged on 29 April (19), according to WWD. It marks the first time Dior has shown in the North African count…

Dior is heading to Marrakech for its next cruise show.

The French fashion house is heading to Morocco in a couple of months, with the show to be staged on 29 April (19), according to WWD. It marks the first time Dior has shown in the North African country.

While it will be Dior’s inaugural presentation, Morocco has a rich fashion history thanks to its association with late couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who considered the country his second home. In 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech.

For fellow Frenchman Christian Dior, he felt most at home outside of his home country in London.

And to honour his link with the British capital, a new retrospective has opened up at the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum in the heart of the city.

Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri is in London to help launch the exhibition, titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which opens to the public on Saturday (02Feb19) and runs until July.

“From the moment I came to Dior, the link with Britain was very clear to me,” she told The Guardian. “People tend to think of the Bar suit as being very feminine, and it is. But when I look at it, what I see is tailoring – really strong British tailoring. Almost severe.

“For anyone who works in fashion at a brand with a history, Britain is fascinating, because it balances modernity with tradition, which is what we try to do.”

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Maria Grazia Chiuri discusses Dior’s links to Britain

Maria Grazia Chiuri has reflected on Dior’s links with Britain ahead of a new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opens to the public on Saturday (02Feb19) and features a retrospective that spans from 19…

Maria Grazia Chiuri has reflected on Dior’s links with Britain ahead of a new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opens to the public on Saturday (02Feb19) and features a retrospective that spans from 1947 to the present day, showcasing the famous couturier’s most beautiful designs.

Dior’s creative director Chiuri, the label’s first female designer, is in the British capital gearing up for the opening, and she spoke to The Guardian about the importance of holding the exhibition in England.

“From the moment I came to Dior, the link with Britain was very clear to me,” she shared. “People tend to think of the Bar suit as being very feminine, and it is. But when I look at it, what I see is tailoring – really strong British tailoring. Almost severe.

“For anyone who works in fashion at a brand with a history, Britain is fascinating, because it balances modernity with tradition, which is what we try to do.”

French designer Dior was a huge fan of his European neighbour during his lifetime, and once stated, “There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.”

The new exhibition runs until July, with tickets priced between $26 and $31 (£20 – £24).

Talking about her post at Dior, Italian designer Chiuri also admitted that she’s “surprised” most days but still always wants “more”.

“It is not just about me, as a woman. I want this brand to be about women, and I want this brand to care about women,” she smiled.

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Coco de Mer and Victoria and Albert Museum ‘well-matched’ for new collection

Lingerie brand Coco de Mer’s has unveiled its first collection in collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.After previously working with Pamela Anderson on a range of sultry underwear, Coco de Mer, founded by Samantha Roddick, the daugh…

Lingerie brand Coco de Mer’s has unveiled its first collection in collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

After previously working with Pamela Anderson on a range of sultry underwear, Coco de Mer, founded by Samantha Roddick, the daughter of The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, tapped into the V&A’s archives for fresh inspiration.

Talking to Britain’s Harper’s Bazaar, CEO of the lingerie brand Lucy Litwack explained why the partnership was a perfect pairing.

“I love the V&A Museum and feel that as two British heritage brands with a love of beauty we were very well-matched,” she smiled. “We met and felt that we could produce a lingerie collection that would embody the key elements of both of our brands – luxury, opulence and glamour.”

“After our initial meeting we felt there was a real synergy between our brands,” added Lauren Sizeland, the V&A’s director of business development and licensing.

The line is available to pre-order now via the Coco de Mer website.

Among the 32-piece collection are floral prints inspired by textile designer William Morris and a golden heron embroidery which took its reference from an 18th century glass and gilt scented bottle.

British photographer Rankin snapped the campaign.

“It was great to be able to develop the prints and then work on new shapes to create a truly luxurious nightwear collection which would work for lots of different shapes and ages,” Lisa commented.

Prices range £65 ($84) to £595 ($767), with the pieces hitting shelves from 15 August.

A 2019 collection is also in the works.

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Christian Dior exhibition to be staged at London’s V&A Museum

An exhibition of Christian Dior designs is to be staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve, organised by officials at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the retrospective wil…

An exhibition of Christian Dior designs is to be staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve, organised by officials at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the retrospective will be reimagined for the V&A next year (19).

Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, including John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams celebrates one of the most ingenious and iconic designers in fashion history. Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris – as the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain,” said Tim Reeve, deputy director of the V&A, in a statement. “The V&A holds one of the largest and most important fashion collections in the world, and we are delighted to be able to reveal highlights from our outstanding collection alongside those from the remarkable archive of the House of Dior, for this spectacular exhibition.”

In addition to the original retrospective, the V&A exhibition will also include a section dedicated to designer Christian Dior’s links to Britain, such as his fascination with traditional gardens and penchant for Savile Row suits.

The brand new section will investigate Dior’s creative collaborations with influential U.K. manufacturers, and his most notable British clients, such as author Nancy Mitford, ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn and Princess Margaret.

“More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain,” added Oriole Cullen, fashion and textiles curator at the V&A.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will run from 2 February until 14 July (19).

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