Last September Burberry partnered with The New Craftsmen and bought a unique array of artists, designers and creators to Makers House in Soho to celebrate British culture and craft. Unfortunately despite hearing amazing things about it, I never got the chance to visit it. So when I heard that Makers House was re-opening from 20th to 27th February to showcase Burberry’s new collection alongside the work of Henry Moore I jumped at the chance to go.
The exhibition entitled ‘Henry Moore: Inspiration & Process at Makers House’ included some of Moore’s most famous sculptures all displayed amongst beautiful mannequins displaying Burberry’s latest catwalk collection.
A stand out part of Burberry’s collection was ‘the cape reimagined’, a series of 78 capes inspired by the scale and form of Henry Moore’s work. The capes gently spun and swayed as people walked past them, which gave a slightly etherial feel to the space. According to one of the assistants who were on hand to guide visitors around the space – all of the capes had been hand crafted by British makers in collaboration with Burberry. The techniques used ranged from embroidery and crochet through to metal smithing and included an array of beautiful materials such as feathers, lace and dazzling beads.
The space itself consisted of a warren of rooms and a huge covered courtyard with bare concrete walls and simple architectural elements that contrasted beautifully with the delicate clothing and bold sculpture.
The exhibition also included some of Henry Moore’s working models, maquettes and sketches and a artfully curated wall of Moore’s tools from his workshop, which all gave a great insight into his working methods and processes.
As well as Moore’s sketches there was a small area dedicated to the work and materials that had gone into producing Burberry’s collection and how it related to Moore’s work. This provided the essential connection between the two elements, which is perfectly summarised in this quote from Christopher Bailey:
“Henry Moore’s art has always loomed large in my imagination: these great, iconic figures in the British landscape, elemental sculptures that manage to be human, soft, approachable. At Burberry, we are always fascinated by the making process, where it is hidden and where it is revealed. Images of Moore in his studio, the stripes of his apron, the tools of his trade, the artist at work, ended up feeding into the collection itself”
The exhibition also included artworks by contemporary artists which reflected Moore’s work, one of which was a great neon artwork, which was displayed through a beautiful timber clad spy hole, so the full effect could be experienced.
As I said at the beginning the exhibition was only on for a few days, but hopefully these photos have provided a great taste of the exhibition and fingers crossed Burberry will do another show in the Autumn – if i hear anything I will be sure to post it on Instagram, so head over and follow me if you don’t already!