by Bianca Ohannessian
Makers House is back and this time it’s sculptural.
Burberry has opened up its London Fashion Week show space once again with a treasure trove of things to see.
With the February 2017 collection inspired by the life and creations of Henry Moore, the fashion brand has partnered with the Henry Moore Foundation to give you a glimpse into the celebrated sculptor’s work.
As well as a an exhibition featuring several of Moore’s masterpieces, all 76 of the couture capes that glided down the Burberry runway during the show finale are on display. Unveiled on Monday evening to a powerful soundtrack provided by Anna Calvi, the capes will soon be setting off on a tour around the world.
Each one is an exquisite work of art in its own right, and each uses unique techniques drawing upon Henry Moore’s processes and Burberry heritage pieces. You’ll find everything from antique chandeliers to magnifying glasses, feathers to lace and oversize pompoms to ceramics crafted into these spectacular capes.
The Runway Collection
Last September, the interior Makers House reflected the style of Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Orlando’. The Soho space has been completely renovated with artist studio accents. Iconic Henry Moore figures in bronze watch over the Burberry runway pieces as the new collection is displayed alongside the artworks that inspired them.
Sculptural shirting layered with asymmetric knitwear and Burberry’s signature trench coat reimagined in oversized proportions all reference Moore’s playful proportions and abstract lines. Knitted mid-calf boots featuring a cut-out heel reflect Moore’s use of hollowed forms.
The artist’s personal style can also be seen in the collection too, with a new take on his indigo workwear, Breton stripe cotton jersey tops influenced by the striped apron he would often wear in his studio and appliqué ‘Pallas Helmet’ motifs lifted from Moore’s very own drawings.
Upstairs, sketches, maquettes and models reveal the artist’s creative process. You’ll also find a Burberry inspiration room and virtual reality experience on this floor, as well as The Portrait Studio where you can remember your visit by posing for a GIF in set that changes daily.
Other delights include the Thomas’s cafe pop-up and live Burberry Acoustic sessions with artists including RHAIN, Lewis Watson and Matt Maltese.
And the price for this sensational shot of culture? Admission is free.
Makers House is open daily until Monday 27th February, 10am – 9pm.