Lotherton presents new contemporary exhibition FASHION FORWARD

Fashion Forward is the latest contemporary fashion exhibition at Lotherton, featuring brand new garments and bespoke pieces from some of the most exciting designers in Britain. The exhibition, running from 1 March – 20 October 2019, will highlight the breadth of talent in British contemporary fashion from a group of designers who are either from, have studied or are still based in Yorkshire.

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Including the latest pieces from bold design duo Cunnington & Sanderson, Fashion Forward will showcase the work of five designers including clothing, jewellery and accessories. The exhibition will also feature a copper bodice from diversity champion, designer Sadie Clayton which, with the kind generosity of Arts Council England, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and Leeds Art Fund, will become part of Leeds Museums & Galleries collection after the exhibition.

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Highlights include garments from ethical designer and advocate of the slow fashion movement, Bo Carter, along with statement jewellery from experimental silicone designer Jenny Llewellyn and bold fashion accessories from Faye Hindle. Also featured in the exhibition will be work from final year students of the University of Leeds, presenting the future of fashion from the next generation of young designers.

Natalie Raw, Curator of Dress and Textiles at Leeds Museums & Galleries commented:

“The exhibition brings together an inspiring range of contemporary designers who are forging their own path in fashion and breaking the boundaries of what fashion represents. From narrative led design to intricate detailing, ethical processes and small scale production, each designer featured has their own story to tell and this resonates with Lotherton’s own story of a museum which has been 50 years in the making.”

Across five designers the exhibition presents an eclectic and inspiring mix of creative design and original craftsmanship:
“The exhibition brings together an inspiring range of contemporary designers who are forging their own path in fashion and breaking the boundaries of what fashion represents. From narrative led design to intricate detailing, ethical processes and small scale production, each designer featured has their own story to tell and this resonates with Lotherton’s own story of a museum which has been 50 years in the making.”

Across five designers the exhibition presents an eclectic and inspiring mix of creative design and original craftsmanship:

• Cunnington & Sanderson display a selection from their newest collection, Occupied, which is formed of a narrative focussing on the emotional burden of depression and creating a positive awareness surrounding mental health. It showcases the intricate draped styling for which the pair are known, using locally produced fabric from Abraham Moons.

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• Sadie Clayton’s aesthetical approach to design sees her creating unique garments by sculpting copper sheeting into wearable art, along with using copper as a colour to accent designs. Mannequins have been generously provided by Bonami for the exhibition.
• Bo Carter, previous winner of PETA Vegan Fashion Award: Most Talented New Designer, brings her ethical fashion to Lotherton. Using carefully selected materials including Rescue Sheep Wool, Organic Bamboo Silk and roll-end fabric, Bo works with slow fashion in mind, creating garments which are made to last.
• Jenny Llewellyn is producing a brand new piece exclusively for the exhibition, combining luminescent silicone and precious metals to create tactile and fun statement jewellery pieces in a range of styles.
• Faye Hindle will display a range of her ready-to-wear garments, specialising in structured silhouettes, unusual textures and unconventional techniques, featuring pleating, fabric manipulation and leather.

Leeds Museums and Galleries collection of fashion and textiles comprises fashions dating from the 1600s to the present day. Fashion Forward presents an opportunity for Leeds Museums & Galleries to add to the growing contemporary fashion collection, joining designs by Vivienne Westwood, McQueen and Philip Treacy.

Fashion Forward is part of a year-long celebration of Lotherton’s 50th year as a public museum and illustrates the importance of the Fashion Galleries in the museum’s history.

 

About Lotherton

2019 marks 50 years of Lotherton as a public museum and an accompanying events programme will run throughout the year, along with three exhibitions representing the past, present and future of Lotherton.

Lotherton is part of Leeds Museums & Galleries portfolio of nine venues across Leeds. Home to the Gascoignes from 1825 until the family gifted the estate to Leeds in 1968, Lotherton Hall is a fine example of Edwardian and Victorian design. The charming country hall boasts an extensive collection of decorative arts along with dedicated Fashion Galleries, hosting changing exhibitions. Wildlife World comprises a zoo with animal’s including Humboldt penguins, tapir, capybara’s and recently re-homed Mara’s. The beautiful Edwardian gardens cover an impressive eight acres and include a walled garden with rose beds and herbaceous borders featuring scented flowers, creepers and perennials. An extensive events programme runs throughout the year.

1 MARCH – 20 OCTOBER 2019

PRESS PREVIEW – 28 FEBRUARY 2019, 3 – 5pm

Occupied…

Cunnington & Sanderson’s latest collection ‘Occupied’ is about the emotional burden of depression.

Feelings of hope are draped into the designs. The bed as a solitary sanctuary becomes part of everyday clothes. Blankets, pillows and bed linen are attached, carried and worn and not hidden away. Layering of garments appear to be misplaced and incorrectly worn which portrays feelings of confusion and emptiness. Comfort is found in the nonconformity. The ‘Occupied’ collection aims to help tackle the stigma surrounding Mental Health, to share awareness and give hope and encouragement to others. Cunnington & Sanderson are proud to work with the best quality cloth produced by local mills, such as the luxurious wool from Abraham Moon & Sons which is used throughout the collection. With special thanks to: Natalie Raw – Curator of dress and textiles, Leeds Museums and Galleries & Friends, and Lotherton Hall Museum.

 

Image credits –

Fashion / Art direction – Cunnington & Sanderson

Photography – Rafael Kroetz

Hair & Make-up – Sabine Nania

Model – Zoe Hervava @ Tune Models

 

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