Victoria & Albert Museum in London will soon display a genetically engineered bioluminescent silk dress, a cape made from cockerel feathers, a clutch bag made from pineapple fibre and many such interesting pieces to highlight fashion’s delicate relationship with nature. Titled ‘Fashioned from Nature’, the exhibition will showcase 300 items and will examine the ways designer houses can more often curate attires inspired by the natural beauty around them.
The exhibition will also showcase modern items such as a dress made from the threads of silkworms that have been injected with genes from jellyfish. According to The Guardian, sustainable garments by contemporary designers, such as Gucci and Calvin Klein, specifically the dress worn by actor Emma Watson at the 2016 Met Gala which was made from recycled plastic bottles are also a part of the exhibition.
V&A aims to draw attention to some of the innovative fabrics being used today from the leather substitute made by the Italian company Vegea using the by-product from wine making, to Ferragamo using an orange fibre made with waste from the Italian citrus industry and an H&M Conscious dress made from recycled shoreline plastic. In wake of creating an environmental impact, the exhibition urges major brands to rethink about ways in which nature conservation is promoted through fashion.