Fashioned from Nature

Fashioned from Nature explores the fabric of fashion and highlights fashion’s dependence on the riches of nature by presenting beautiful dresses from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, alongside fascinating specimens from the extensive scientific collections at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The exhibition celebrates fashion’s innovation, creativity, and the inspiration it finds in nature, but it also draws attention to the industry’s heavy footprint on the planet.

Fashion’s processes and insatiable demand for raw materials come at considerable environmental cost, contributing to air and water pollution and the loss of flora and fauna across the globe. Spanning 400 years, the exhibition Fashioned from Nature shows how and why this has happened and the ways in which today’s fashion designers are rising to the challenge to create a vibrant but more responsible fashion system that respects, protects and celebrate the natural world.

Jewel Beetles
Caption: Jewel Beetles (Sternocera sp.from the Natural History Museum of Denmark's scientific collections are exhibited side by side with an impressive muslin dress from the mid-1800s, decorated with the beetle's colourful cover wings. © The Natural History Museum of Denmark.

Highlights

  • Beautiful clothing from the world’s leading art and design museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.
  • Fascinating objects from the Natural History Museum’s scientific collections related to the history of fashion, including colourful beetles, exotic bird feathers, stuffed hummingbirds used for ornamental purposes, whalebone used in dressmaking, and Nordic amber and toxic plant seeds made into jewellery.
  • Exciting and innovative new textile products that already exist or are currently being developed, for example a dress made from plant roots.
  • Trainers made of recycled plastic retrieved from the oceans, and other imaginative and inventive fashions created with respect for nature by a range of international designers, including Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Nike.
  • Contributions from both established and new Danish design talents, highlighting the fact that Danish fashion is at the forefront in terms of both inspirational design and environmental awareness.

Practical info

Place: 
Geological Museum,
Øster Voldgade 5-7, 
1350 Copenhagen K

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PLEASE NOTE:
EXHIBITION OPENS 13 APRIL 2019

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UN Global Goals

The Natural History Museum of Denmark works to further the UN Global Goals for sustainable development. The exhibit Fashioned from Nature supports:

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Fashioned from Nature is based on an exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A).

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

Supported by:

Manufakturhandlerforeningen i Kjøbenhavns Almene Fond