Erdem ‘Fashion in Motion’ at the V&A

Back in December I went along to the V&A to indulge my eyes on the exquisite creations of Erdem Moragliou. The Canadian born designer’s catwalk show was part of the museum’s Fashion in Motion series, which brings couture out to play for the paying public.

I’ve salivated over Erdem’s collections for a while now, but have never been lucky enough to see his work up close and personal. In the beautiful surroundings of the V&A’s Raphael gallery, Erdem’s fantastic prints and embroideries (a mixture of Monet and magic eye pictures, of saturated English rose gardens and psychedelic Kimono embellishments) were even more eye-popping than I’d anticipated. Being so close to the pieces gave a new appreciation for the cut, structure and flow of each garment. This event really brought home the fact that, until you’ve seen a garment being worn – until you’ve seen it moving – you’re only seeing half the picture. Let’s just say, if I was an Erdem admirer before, I was a full-blown super fan afterwards!

A little bird has told me that the next Fashion in Motion event won’t be taking place until April at the earliest… and yet, already, I can’t wait. For those who view fashion as an art form, there really is no better way to expand your understanding of couture than to see it gliding down a catwalk. And, since it’s only a chosen few who can take their seats at the fashion week shows, we should be especially thankful that the V&A brings this opportunity to the non-fashion-pack people.

(Illustrations by Sarah Barnes – You can see the official V&A photographs of the show here)

By: Sarah Barnes, 21.01.2010 | Comments (0)
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