Costume from eye patches to crop tops to maxi dresses, from sunglasses to T Shirts, Clothing, Denim, Eyewear, Bags and Jewellery reflects trends that will grow and the passing fancies of a season designed by London based fashion guru, businessman and blogger from Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester Henry Holland.
Henry Holland came to attention in 2006 with his slogan tee shirts featuring catchphrases, which name checked his contemporaries in the London fashion world.
His first solo show appeared in London’s Fashion week 2008 and today he is firmly established on the international fashion scene.
Henry Holland said: “There is so much amazing content in the V&A for a designer and for someone in my field. I’m really excited to show some of my favourite moments from the last ten years at the V&A.”
Holland is constantly inspired by the diversity and variety constantly on view in his home town.
“London…he says, “… is the most inspiring place in the world. The melting pot of cultures and the diverse sense of identity that you find all around you inspires me and my work every single day”.
The V&A is renowned for its outstanding collection of costume, which is all about the power of perception. What we wear conveys an image, which is all about a desire to be distinguished from others in a culture and its society.
Without the development of costume western civilisation would perhaps not have advanced as far as it has.
Noted art history James Laver wrote in 1959 that ‘without the invention of clothes and all the psychological consequences that have flowed therefrom, western civilisation would never have progressed as far as it has.
It is clothes that made it possible for governments to obtain obedience, religions reverence, judiciaries a respect for the law and armies discipline’.
Fashion is imposed on costume, dictating and reflecting the changes and concerns of a society in any one place at any one time.
Audiences at the Henry Holland shows can expect to see key looks and highlights from the past 10 years and the retrospective will also include some of the elements of his more recent shows.
Butchers, bakers and candlestick makers have all been photographed by a Martin Parr who chronicles British society wearing Holland’s pieces, which are also all about fun.
House of Holland will also be retailing their 10th anniversary collection of slogan tees at a special pop-up shop in the V&A on the day.
V&A Fashion Curator Oriole Cullen commented
“Designer Henry Holland’s joyous blend of finely crafted fabrics and colourful prints celebrate the dynamic, irreverant sensibility of ‘London Girl’ styl”.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016
Fashion in Motion
V & A Museum
Friday 21 October 2016
13.00, 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00
Raphael Gallery, V & A London