Margaret Howell for Tate Britain
Barbara Hepworth’s abstract sculptures, with their purity of form and material, have become iconic symbols of the modern era. They emerge almost organically from the artist’s hand and assume a comfortable position within whatever context they are placed.
To mark the opening of a major retrospective of the artist’s work at Tate Britain this July, designer Margaret Howell has crafted seven pieces inspired by the artist’s working wardrobe ranging from a pair of dungarees to a smock top and silk scarves.
Inga Fraser one of the assistant curators of the upcoming Tate exhibition says of Hepworth, “Her early work was all about truth to material, allowing the material to shape the form of the sculpture itself, and her dress represents that. She dedicated herself completely to her art and had no qualms about being photographed in the clothes she wore to work in. It helped her to be taken seriously.”
Howell echoes these concerns when talking about her own process of making, “I’m inspired by the authenticity I can find in nature, people and places, and I think it is the same quality I look for in the materials I choose. For example, the feel of hand–woven Harris tweed and the irregular slub of Irish linen. I feel passionate about landscape, and its connection with such fabrics and the skilled people who weave them.”
In this way there is a pleasing accord between the two makers. Howell is equally committed as Hepworth was to honouring material through form and function. This purity of intention that defines and unites both artists is also what makes their work so desirable both to view and wear.
The major retrospective of Barbara Hepworth’s work opens at Tate Britain on 24 July 2015.
Read the Times article here.
Shop Margaret Howell at Envoy of Belfast.
A single material often underpins an entire collection of designer Sara Lanzi’s womenswear line. This focused and obsessive means of creating allows the construction of individual garments to come to the fore. Sharp pleats, silky chiffon fabrics and stiff woven bags celebrate both material and maker in an understated and elegant way. Uncompromising in design and execution, femininity is represented with the delicate strength it deserves.
Sarah Lanzi Black and White Dress
Marina City Towers, Chicago, Bertrand Goldberg, 1959–64
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A collection of pared down pieces that celebrate the everyday.
Album Di Famiglia White Cardigan
New Balance M997CCF Sneaker
Album Di Famiglia Grey Cardigan
Margaret Howell Drop Neck Poplin White Shirt
Margaret Howell Cotton Linen Charcoal Drill Jacket
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1970
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Japanese designers are renowned for creating everyday essentials from exceptional fabrics with precision, consideration and care. Here are a few highlights from our Japanese brands and some photographs from a recent trip to the country.
The Okayama region of Japan has been a centre for textile production since the days of the Samurai. This low–lying area of reclaimed land was initially used for cotton cultivation before specializing in the production of sanada–himo, the cloth cords used to wrap sword handles and later tabi socks and school uniforms. This long history of textile production has informed the methods and processes that have helped to establish the region as key producer of denim today.
It is clear then why OrSlow, with its focus on quality custom fabrics and strong construction, chooses to produce its denim in this region. The brand name arose from a firm conviction that clothes should be designed slowly with a focus on longevity. The refreshingly simple aesthetic of the vintage military and workwear inspired products allow space for the craftsmanship and quality to speak for itself.
Vlas Blomme, Flemish for ‘flax flower’, uses high–grade linen called Kortrijk sourced from the Flanders region of Belgium. Specifically designed to celebrate the material properties of linen, Yoriko Sakurama effortlessly brings together the process and craft of Belgium’s rich history of flax production with a worn–in, relaxed silhouette.
Toujours is a thoroughly Japanese brand, designed and produced in Japan by Shimeno Masayo. The “everyday” pieces are carefully created from locally milled, high–quality fabrics. Toujours’ traditional garments are basic wardrobe staples with an edge, pushing ahead with their distinctive draping, cuts and fabrics.
Each of these Japanese designers are discerning in how they draw associations and play with the mix of ancient craft and technique, exceptional fabrics and innovative design.
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High Court, Chandigarch, 1955, Le Corbusier, courtesy of Lucien Hervé and Galerie du Jour agnès b., Paris
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Gabriella BoydTaking inspiration from the paintings of Gabriella Boyd
Gabriella Boyd image taken from https://akickupthearts.wordpress.com/tag/gabriella-boyd/
Selection of white shirts
Marni Green Sculpture Cross Body Bag
Dries Van Noten Ladies Cognac Printed Leather Shoe
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New Brand: Guidi & RoselliniShoes designed to last a lifetime
The Guidi & Rosellini tannery was established in 1896 in Pescia, Tuscany where tanning and shoemaking can be traced back to the 14th Century. The focus of the Guidi & Rosellini ready–to–wear collection is the leather itself. Drawing on its history, Guidi & Rosellini revived an older and almost lost tanning technique and innovated upon it. Using traditional ‘vachetta’ or cowhide skins, the leather is different from modern leather in the fact that it varies in thickness.
Guidi & Rosellini innovated on this natural method by developing a new tanning recipe that gives the leather a darker natural colour without the use of dyes. All leathers are tanned using a natural vegetable tanning process. One of the most outstanding features of the leather is its transpiration properties that ensure when made into shoes it remains comfortable both in summer and winter. The vegetable tanning process using oak bark gives a natural antibacterial quality to the leather. When regularly greased the leather remains resistant to wear and waterproof.
Guidi & Rosellini shoes are designed to last a lifetime. While plenty of brands may describe their shoes as ‘hand made’, Guidi & Rosellini shoes are the real deal.
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Veteran designer Dries Van Noten is the secret weapon of fashion editors.
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New Brand: OrSlow
Made in Japan, orSlow’s focus is on quality custom fabrics, strong construction and classic styling. A refreshingly simple collection, the orSlow brand offers a well–designed line of products, which utilize the wealth of knowledge and experience in vintage military and workwear products, gained by the collection’s designer Ichiro Nakasu.
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Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s S/S 2015 show was set against a magical, mossy landscape rendered in wooly clumps by Buenos Aires–based artist Alexandra Kehayoglou.
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New Brand: Ten cThe Emperor’s New Clothes
Ten c. These timeless and iconic jackets are created to live and age with you. The incredible Japanese jersey will, with time, mould itself to you becoming part of your life’s story.
Ten c believe that by applying the true values of craftsmanship they create garments that are conceived to last a lifetime, hence contributing to the elimination of waste.
Ten c is designed by Alessandro Pungetti and Paul Harvey (former designers for Stone Island) and is made exclusively in Italy.
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