Makers House, Burberry and Henry Moore
Henry Moore inspires Burberry’s Makers House
Manette Street, Soho, London
This free event space in London by Burberry every year allows visitors to see how the inspiration for their collection takes form. On Manette Street in Soho the fashion brand has teamed up with the Henry Moore Foundation to curate the space. The building, part demolished since being the original Foyle’s book shop, now has a double height atrium flooding a cape lined catwalk with light.
Christopher Bailey’s new collection explores his passion for Moore’s sculptural forms. You can tell the influence of Moore runs deep in Bailey’s work, references to his art have found their way into the shape, style and graphic prints of the collection. The curve of Moore’s bronze casts inform the silhouettes of coats and shirts. Yet the stars of the collection are the 78 limited edition couture capes, dazzling as they line the lower exhibition space.
In as much as this is a celebration of Burberry’s new collection, the real celebration is of Moore. With displays of his tools - saws, pliers, and hammers favoured by the sculptor in his work - drawings and exhibition posters, lining the walls of the space.
For Bailey this was about showing people more than just another flattering trench coat or must have bag, its about showing them a point of view, the inspiration behind the design and allowing them to share in it.