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SPEAKING TEXTILES: INTERNATIONAL FASHION SHOWCASE

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87 designers will be coming together at Somerset House this month to exhibit at the International Fashion Showcase (IFS). Celebrating local design on a global scale, the show will explore the connections between places and textiles—from designing to making and wearing them. According to this exhibition, each piece of fabric flaunts a unique dialect that exists as part of a worldwide language of textiles. Liselore Frowijn Almost every garment has multiple origins, is a product of multiple places and moves through multiple hands. By considering different fashions in their own country’s landscapes, the countries taking part in the International Fashion Show will highlight the similarities and differences of our complex and connected world. Dutch designer Liselore Frowijn for example has travelled to the Japanese island of Kyushu to work with local artists in indigo workshops, developing several textiles made using age-old dyeing techniques. sabrina-stadlober_portrait_lumikki-photography-1024x682 The Polish designers’ exhibition responds to the massive exportation of second hand clothing from the UK, reinventing old wardrobes and giving new life to second-hand clothing and recycled fabrics. Austrian designer Sabrina Stadlober also traces the origin of Loden wool back to Styria, where she was born and currently lives. thelionheaded.com-rafsimons-3-von-3 Back at its home in London’s Somerset house, admission to the exhibition is free but it is wise to pre-register before travelling in. After the large success of last year’s “Fashion Utopias” theme, the designers taking part in IFS this year make up an exciting showcase of innovative new makers in the world of textiles and fashion. http://design.britishcouncil.org/projects/ifs/ifs-2016/ https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/international-fashion-showcase-2017 http://www.liselorefrowijn.com/ http://sabrinastadlober.com/  


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