The sculptor and painter Henry Moore inspired many young artists. An unusual collaborative retrospect between fashion and art was commissioned by one of the top names in British fashion- Burberry, for their AW17 collection. Whilst the artist has previously never been the source of such a direct exposé of designs inspired by his works, Bailey saw that his refreshing take on female form is truly in-conquerable.
His sculptures depicting the female form inspired Christopher Bailey to see the body in a different way. It made the designer question how certain parts of it can be focused on and explored deeply. The way that fashion allowed for such exposed parts makes it decidedly similar to the exposed shapes in the sculptor’s forms, created by adding holes or gaps in the clothes.
The organic shapes focus on underlining the body, bringing out the curves of the shoulders in particular. This was a key feature for this Burberry collection, as the cape (an essential part of the brand’s heritage) also highlights the shoulders. However, the attention given to the organic doesn’t stop there. The natural fabrics used in the collections with gentle colours inspired by the rolling English countryside only underline the importance of nature in the collection.