On Wednesday I visited London to go to Savage Beauty, the retrospective of the work of designer Alexander McQueen at the V&A. I can honestly say it was the best museum exhibition I have ever been to. From the moment you walk through the door to enter the exhibition there is an incredible atmosphere created through the lighting, music and styling. Savage Beauty seemed to be truly reflective of McQueen's work and personality, you do really get a sense of how McQueen's collections reflected his interests and feelings. Seeing the garments in real life and close up really meant you could really appreciate the skill put into every piece and the complex techniques used; the incredible details cannot be fully appreciated through images. Of course the many examples of stunning embroidery particularly appealed to and inspired me. There was no question of coming home without buying the book that the V&A has published to accompany the exhibition; I also purchased the two postcards seen below. Plus a poster came inside the booklet that everyone is handed as they show their ticket, it is an image of a model wearing a crystal encrusted garment with feather wings which I plan to frame. If you haven't seen Savage Beauty already, it runs until early August, don't miss it!
Last week was also the beginning of a new project at uni, which is entitled styling and display. The final outcome is to create a look book of our work. I've been photographing some of my previous work and styling several pieces on my mannequin, luckily enough I made several samples quite large so I was able to manipulate them to look like garments. Below is a small taster of the results, the sample is dyed, smocked and crinkled georgette styled as a neckpiece. I won't give too much away yet but I plan to add different backgrounds for the photos to fit the theme of each collection, so these photos should look a bit different in the finished look book.
The Perpetual Maker - Hannah Mansfield
Welcome to The Perpetual Maker blog, I am an embroidery designer specialising in hand embroidery for fashion. I hope you enjoy reading the blog and I'd love to hear from you in the comments.