- Danielle Wightman-Stone |
Phoebe English has been named as the next featured designer to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion showcase, which has previously featured Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic, and Vivienne Westwood.
The British fashion designer will stage four free shows in the museum’s Raphael Gallery on October 20 featuring highlights from her collections over the last six years. In addition, a pop-up shop will also feature on the day and comprise of selected Phoebe English archive designs, which have been crafted especially for the V&A.
English said: “Taking part in Fashion in Motion has a particular significance to me, as the V&A was the museum in which I decided to follow my interest in fashion. It is the building where my love for clothing and design were contextualised into a tangible practice and pathway.
“The V&A is a temple to all the endless creative possibilities of the human mind. To have the opportunity to be involved with both such an historic and contemporary space is a very special thing indeed.”
The Central Saint Martins graduate is known for her entirely ‘Made in England’ luxury label for women and men and has been part of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen award for her menswear line Phoebe English Man since 2006. Other awards and accolades have included winning the L'Oreal ‘Professional Creative Award’, the ‘Ungaro’ Bursary and the ‘Chloe’ Award.
Oriole Cullen, fashion curator at the V&A, added: “Phoebe English is a designer for whom the presentation of her work is an integral part of her design process. For each of her collections she creates intriguing and beautiful scenarios in which to showcase her designs.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Phoebe as part of the V&A Fashion in Motion programme, particularly as she has previously used the Museum as a source of inspiration for her collections.”
The V&A’s Fashion in Motion series brings catwalk shows by leading international designers to the public, with the aim of showing fashion as it is meant to be seen – in movement. Other designers to have been featured in the series include Christian Lacroix, Christopher Raeburn, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Grace Wales Bonner, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Meadham Kirchhoff, Missoni, Molly Goddard, and Yohji Yamamoto.