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Preview: Phoebe English at the V&A

Wednesday 04 October 2017

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Words Alice Bell

The Victoria and Albert Museum has announced that Phoebe English will be the featured designer at their next Fashion in Motion event, set to take place on Friday 20th October 2017.

The V&A’s Fashion in Motion events are a chance to see leading fashion designers from across the world exhibit their collections in a series of live catwalk shows at the historic museum. With free ticketed admission, the next event will take place over the course of the day on Friday 20th October, with shows at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 8pm, with the 3pm show being streamed live via the V&A Facebook page.

Phoebe English, the featured designer at the October event, is the founder of her own luxury womenswear and menswear brand which encourages respect for construction in fashion. English’s is not a brand of fast fashion or mass-produced trends – all of her garments are made exclusively in England, and she is known for her particular attention to craftsmanship and the ‘mark of the maker’. Laboured construction holds a central position in her design ethos, as the pursuit of beauty meets with a passion for precision where it comes to finishing and textiles. Lost, forgotten, and neglected techniques are resurrected to play across the surface of her pieces, an attention to surface which comes to bear most significantly on the way her garments interact with the movements of the body.

This artistically principled approach to fashion has meant that English’s rise to prominence has been somewhat meteoric, notching up many prestigious awards such as the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award and the Centre for Fashion Enterprise’s coveted Venture Program sponsorship. In 2015, she was listed in Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ list in the Art and Style category, and she has even been awarded the British Fashion Council’s prestigious NEWGEN award for her work in menswear.

Of getting the chance to showcase her designs at the Victoria and Albert museum, English has said that “Taking part in Fashion in Motion has a particular significance to me, as the V&A was the museum in which I decided to follow my interest in fashion. The V&A is a temple to all the endless creative possibilities of the human mind.”

The V&A is a temple to all the endless creative possibilities of the human mind.
Phoebe English

The Fashion in Motion event will see English showcase highlights from her collections over the last 6 years in the Museum’s beautiful Raphael Gallery. There will also be a pop-up shop on the day, which will comprise a number of garments from the Phoebe English archive as well as some new and unique pieces crafted specially for the V&A.

So, if you want to see an icon at work and possibly even get your hands on a piece from one of her collections, head down to the V&A on 20th October. For more information, head to the V&A website.

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