17 Jun ‘The Cape Reimagined’ Burberry Exhibition
The art of fashion is epitomized at Burberry exhibition ‘The Cape Reimagined’. Unveiled at the finale of Burberry’s February 2017 collection show, inspired by the works of sculptor Henry Moore, an edit of the 78 limited-edition couture capes that went down the runway are on display as part of the travelling exhibition ‘The Cape Reimagined’. Each unique cape – each carries an individual name – is an exploration of form and scale that epitomizes Henry Moore’s artworks, as well as being a homage to the skills of artisans and traditional workmanship that has become Burberry’s trademark. First shown as part of the Henry Moore: Inspiration & Process exhibition at Makers House in London in February, the exhibition is traveling around the world – Milan, Seoul, Los Angeles, Paris and Dubai. Each handmade cape on display is available for special order only up to two pieces worldwide, except of those two designs with glass and crystals.
The Sculpted Shoulder: recalling Henry Moore’s plays on distortion, this sculptural capelet is adorned with beadwork, taking 35 artisans more than 400 hours to complete.
The Plume: a voluminous, tiered cape adorned with goose feathers and shaped asymmetrically – a key concept in Henry Moore’s approach to form
The Tassel: evocative of regimental regalia, tiers of fringed tassels are braided and woven onto an intricate design of twisted cord
The Scalloped Lace: drawing on Henry Moore’s nature motifs, tiers of Chantilly lace petals are offset with organic swirls of silk tape and a hand-braided collar
The Shell: a cape that contours the body in a sinuous coil of seashells, inspired by the organic origins of Henry Moore’s sculpture
The Blacksmith: solid steel is beaten, moulded and embellished in the hands of a blacksmith – a tribute to the cape as a symbol of protection
The Looking Glass: more than 70 reclaimed looking glasses are hand-sewn onto metallic pailette embroidery, a reference to Henry Moore’s use of found objects
The Crystal: reclaimed vintage chandelier-glass covers a boned and canvassed wool base. Taking more than 80 hours to create.
The Chain Mail Wing: thousands of embroidered sequins adorn tiered layers of silk, emulating the tanned feathers of a bird.
The Parasol: a homage to British weather, hand-gathered waterproof layers sweep the shoulders, detailed with ribbons of Nottingham lace
The Tile: a contrast of hard and soft materials, layers of matte ceramic tiles are hand-sewn onto a wool base that is lined in silk satin
The Birch Wood: blurring the line between old and new, traditional joinery techniques are used to curve a single piece of birch wood into a contemporary silhouette
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