Christopher Raeburn is well known for his transformative approach to fashion – re-inventing textiles is the basis for his work. And, to showcase his S/S collection, he’s now going to reinvent a museum and transform it into a fashion venue for one night.
Raeburn is not new to a presence in a museum. In 2008, pieces from his first collection, built out of re-appropriated military fabrics, were included in Camouflage, an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. He was then chosen for his sustainable aesthetics, to be featured in 2010 in Design Museum’s Sustainable Futures exhibition, with a trio of his upcycled parachute silk jackets
This time, he also found a deep connection with the venue: Raeburn’s historical enthusiasm has inspired the relationship. “The Museum of London is an incredible venue” comments the designer, “their archives hold an outstanding wealth of fashion and social history”.
And so it is that the Sackler Hall and Linbury Gallery have become the setting of choice to unveil Raeburn’s Spring Summer 2012 collections, with the installation set to be as forward thinking as the designs.
Featuring the complete colour spectrum, the event will include an innovative interactive light show, experimentations with sound and dramatic figurative installations, making this a unique experience for guests. In Raeburn’s own words: “Tactile textiles and tactual tones”.
S/S also marks another development for the designer, with the introduction of a ready-to-wear collection (for both men and women) alongside the signature outerwear styles.
The show will take place on Friday, September 16th, the opening day of London Fashion Week.