‘I have been fascinated by the great British sculptor Henry Moore for as long as I can remember – his work has always had a powerful influence on me,’ said Burberry’s Christopher Bailey when talking about how Moore inspired the new February collection.
Burberry models sashayed down the catwalk on Monday night at Makers House in Soho amongst a number of dramatically-lit Henry Moore sculptures.
It was these monumental bronzes, along with Moore’s drawings, maquettes, studio at Perry Green, and even his wardrobe that heavily influenced the brand’s second see-now, buy-now collection.
To celebrate the new collection and the work that inspired it, Burberry, along with Moore’s Foundation, have curated an engaging week-long exhibition that allows you to delve into the creativity and inspiration behind two giants of fashion and art.
Split over two levels, the exhibition intersperses works like Mother and Child: Block Seat (1983–84) and Draped Reclining Mother and Baby (1983) amongst an army of mannequins bedecked in the exquisite collection.
You can draw links between Moore’s use of scale, texture and movement with the cut and construction of the garments. Rope is employed to evoke the sculptor’s use of threaded string and wire. Some of Moore’s sketches feature directly on shirts, while the artist’s studio wear heavily influenced blue cotton overalls.
A programme of events, performances and workshops, including printmaking, textile printing, life drawing, and a wax resist watercolour class will run throughout the duration of the exhibition, giving visitors greater insight into both Henry Moore’s working practice and the processes of an artist.
Once you’ve seen the collection and perused Moore’s drawings and sculptures, you can collect your thoughts at Thomas’s pop-up café.
Here’s a glimpse of what to expect: