Not only is the Natural History Museum currently displaying The Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition, but they are also showcasing a range of extremely stylish new fashion pieces in their shop.
I’m not talking about the usual charming array of museum branded stationery or memorabilia of current exhibitions. This time something far more original is on display: a fashion collaboration between the museum shop and UK designer Klements. It’s a stylish collection of printed dresses, scarves and tops, all embellished with imagery taken from the Natural History Museum and its archives.
A great idea, in our opinion, particularly since the designs transform raw minerals, exotic birds and impressive architecture into intricate patterns that you can actually wear. This striking range combines original watercolour paintings by Alfred Waterhouse (digitalised within the pattern) with hand-finished touches by Charlotte Allen, Klements’ founder and textile designer.
This project is in keeping with Charlotte’s milieu, since her brand is renowned for drawing inspiration from the natural world (even the more macabre, cruel elements) and interlinking this with the London creative scene. The Natural History Museum & Klements collaboration pieces range in price from £95 to £450. Each piece is 100% silk and any excess material is used to make pockets or recycled so as to ensure the minimum of waste. Fashion need not be fast, but it need not be feeble either.