Makers house was a collaboration between The New Craftsmen and Burberry following London Fashion Week September 2016. The exhibition showcased Burberrys most recent collection, and the inspiration behind it, along with some of the makers and artists that The New Craftsmen stock in their shop working live in the space. Entering through a sculpture lined walkway into the garden, with large French doors opening into the café, immediately gave the exhibition a living feeling and created a relaxed buzz. The enclosed garden was filled with lush green plants and white sculptures created especially for the exhibition with plenty of opportunities for Instagram worthy photos.
Walking around the bottom floor there were three students from The Royal School of Needleworkconcentrating on thier on embroidery of intricate insects, with some examples from their archives displayed beside them. Rose De Borman was on the other side of the space working on a silk screen print, gaining inspiration from bunches of flowers displayed on her workspace, her previous works drying behind her.
The back of the room was dedicated to the inspiration behind Burberrys collection. The room took on the shape of a 3-dimensional mood board, with fabric, illustrations, paintings, sculptures and pages from Virginia wolfs Orlando which was the main inspiration behind the collection. The book Orlando is set between the 16th and 19th centuries whereby the main character changes his gender and experiences life over 3 centuries. This gave the collection an androgynous feel and a strong military influence, with fabrics and prints that would be fitting for interiors in a Victorian stately home.
The grand stairs in the centre of the exhibition led to Burberry’s collection, displayed in a runway style giving visitors a chance to get up close to the clothing. The clothes were heavy with an eclectic mix of fabric going from heavy interior styles to modern sweatshirts and knits along with synthetic sheers, styled up with loads of layers and ruffled detailing. The overcoats and pyjama styles gave the collection an upper-class Victorian eccentric feel.