by Bianca Ohannessian
To celebrate Burberry’s new September 2017 collection, the fashion brand is hosting a photography exhibition at their London Fashion Week show venue: ‘Here We Are‘ at Old Sessions House.
Curated by Christopher Bailey and Lucy Kumara Moore, and co-curated by Alasdair McLellan who recently shot a trench coat photo series for Burberry featuring Loyle Carner, the exhibition will showcase the best of British social portraiture from over 30 photographers.
The building itself is steeped in history and is a beautiful example of 18th century architecture. The former courthouse still retains some of its original details including an awe-inspiring sky blue domed roof and elegant half-moon windows. Sparkling chandeliers are modelled on original designs, while walls are finished with a distressed paint effect.
Opening its doors for the first time since its renovation, the ‘Here We Are’ exhibition is accompanied by creative talks and workshops, Burberry Acoustic gigs and edible delights from Thomas’s café. The new runway collection is also be on display amongst the themed rooms spread across three floors.
A few minutes’ walk along Clerkenwell Road will lead you to the Burberry mural, designed by artist Blondey McCoy. London’s largest paintable wall has been decorated with the new design which references Burberry with a 3 metre long check scarf, as well as displaying a 2.5 metre-wide tea jug sprouting living foliage.
If you can’t make it to the exhibition, you can take a virtual tour of the rooms with the Burberry app. Or explore the collection with the special September 2017 edition of the Burberry chatbot experience on Facebook Messenger, which includes a look finder quiz and backstage moments from the runway show.
Now open (18 September – 1 October). Explore ‘Here We Are’ at Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0NA.