The Cape Reimagined is comprised of 78 made-to-order capes, and highlights the craftsmanship and detail that lies at the heart of the brand. Inspired in part by Henry Moore and his preoccupation with the theme of protection, these capes are often more sculptural than practical; ornate and detailed, they are the result of thousands of hours of work. Highlights include decadent capes made from ostrich feathers and crystals alongside capes rendered in knotted rope, lace, ceramics and wool. Throughout the exhibition, an exploration of volume and space in relation to the human body – both in the work of Moore and the capes themselves – is evident.
‘The Burberry cape has a rich heritage dating back to the 19th century,’ says Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative and chief executive officer. ‘Like our trench coat it was introduced to protect, but has evolved to become much more. For the February 2017 collection we connected the sculptural forms and found objects of Henry Moore with the idea of a cape silhouetting the shoulders. The outcome is 78 individual designs, each one a unique collector’s piece incorporating unexpected materials and intricate techniques that reflect the passion and artistry of our makers.’
Having opened in Seoul ahead of the fashion week in the city, the exhibition will then travel to Milan, Shanghai, LA, Dubai, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. This is undoubtedly one of the must-see fashion exhibitions of the year; style and art lovers alike should endeavour to catch it in their city.