We might not all get invited to LFW (or any fashion week for that matter) but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream!
Even those who claim to take no care of fashion- ‘claim’ as we all wear clothes so have to care at least a little bit- find social media and main stream news outlets fixated on the month of fashion weeks- now Burberry have made the dizzying heights of the runway even more accessible to us all through it’s Makers House.
Whether you were eagerly watching live streams, awaiting Snapchat and Instagram stories from each show or you have little to no interest in them, Makers house is sure to impress.Although the models may have been traded for mannequins much remains the same- the first floor houses the Spring Summer ’17 Burberry collection, many of the pieces are unisex and feature exquisite ruffles and military details- should I have expected much else? There also seemed to be a theme running along the lines of classical soft furnishings, which I later read to be inspired by the interior and garden designs of Nancy Lancaster- tassels adorned both boots and coats whilst luxurious carpet prints featured on many items, from robes and trousers.
The ground floor has been taken over by The New Craftsmen- showcasing the best craft makers at work, bringing the inspiration behind the collection to life- from calligraphy to silk screen printing, sculpting to embroidery with much more in between. The walls are adorned with ideas- swatches of fabric, initial illustrations and Virginia Wolf’s Orlando, which all come together alongside the craftsmen to create the spectacular- celebrating the heritage of the fashion house as well as the talents of the makers.
Fashion may be ‘fast’ but seeing the men and women at work gives a whole new perspective and appreciation to what goes into each piece- I really don’t think you could visit Makers House and not feel inspired, and humbled for that matter.
If you fancy a visit- which I would definitely recommend- Makers house is open until the 27th from 10am-7pm at 1 Manette Street, Soho.