Monday, 6 October 2014

Burberry's Bloomsbury Collection

The world of fashion and its designers have long looked to the art world for inspiration. This Autumn/Winter 2014 collection by Burberry sees them looking to the Bloomsbury Group - a collection of artists, writers and philosophers which included Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, who were active in the early part of the 20th century.

 A Duncan Grant textile design
A Duncan Grant textile design

A Vanessa Bell textile design

Part of the Bloomsbury Group philosophy was to break down the distinctions between 'fine' and decorative arts, so it is interesting to see how their distinctive style of art with its painterly brushstrokes has been adapted and used on this new collection of clothing for luxury brand Burberry. As you can see from the examples above, as well as being painters, Grant and Bell were used to designing for other media. The large brushstrokes and patterns on this seasons Burberry clothing done in a Bloomsbury style are particularly striking and makes the collection stand out from others this season.

The accessories are pretty fantastic too.


 I like the craftsmanship and technique of this leather bag with blue velvet flocked onto it