KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Monday, January 19, 2015
Whilst I was down in London I managed to catch this fantastic exhibition just before it closed...

Curated by Sandy Black (LCF, CSF, KHF) this exhibition had a great selection of archived designs from the past 10 decades. No photography allowed - so i'm light on pictures, but there were some great fair isle jumpers containing  beautiful pattern motifs, sat alongside classic Chanel elegance. 

The exhibition showcased such a wide variety of garments, that it truly showed how versatile knitting is, and just how integrated into our everyday lives it is!

One of my favourite rooms was the 'emerging knitwear' section, with great pieces from Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd (a machine knitted top to which the pattern had been 'hacked' to showcase the care labels origins), and Roisin McAtamney who embedded Q codes into the patterned knitwear linking each piece to a different electronic information point online.

This was my fist visit to the Fashion and Textile museum (shameful I know!) But I really enjoyed it, and they had a great shop and tea room to escape the rainy weather as well - BONUS!


Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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