With the unveiling of their ‘Inspiration and Progress’ exhibition at Makers House in Soho, Burberry weighed into London Fashion Week with a super-heavyweight collaboration between art and design. This genuinely fascinating show presents the Burberry Spring/Summer collection (shown in the same space earlier this week) alongside its inspiration, the work of Henry Moore. Produced in association with the Henry Moore Foundation, the show explores the relationship between inspiration and creativity in detail, with a strong focus on the working processes of both the artist and the fashion label.
A series of original Moore sculptures, working maquettes and tools sit alongside sketches, swatches and work-in-progress samples by Christopher Bailey and his studio. Both collections of work are positioned to accentuate the dialogue between them, and are exquisitely presented in a dramatic, raw-hewn space bathed in natural light. The central installation highlights the series of 78 spectacular, one-of-a-kind capes which closed the catwalk show, made of everything from seashells to magnifying glasses to wool. The entire runway collection — already available in Burberry’s stores — is also shown here, allowing customers to see and feel every garment and accessory. And after it closes, the exhibition will travel to Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles, bringing its story to audiences around the world.
The event also offers a series of craft and drawing workshops, plus the opportunity to be photographed in a reproduction of Moore’s conservatory studio (which can then be uploaded to social media, naturally). Together with a cafe, bookshop, immersive VR experience and an array of video presentations and a spectacular collection of international Moore exhibition posters (charting much of the history of modern graphic design), this show really ups the ante at the grown-up end of the fashion world.