Adventures in Design at the Triennale.
During the weekend of Milan Men’s Fashion Week, Base Milano will be the venue of the exhibition Harris Tweed: Adventures in Design showcasing the famous Harris Tweed cloth reinterpreted over the years by leading British fashion labels and tailors.
The initiative is part of the XXI Triennale International Exhibition, where the United Kingdom is represented by the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, which has curated the installation.
The installation is a showcase of world-leading British products including a small clothing display set up in collaboration with the Harris Tweed Authority, who protect the production and provenance of this famous Scottish cloth.
To highlight the global fashion success of Harris Tweed and of the British labels and tailors who have used it creatively in their ready-to-wear, couture collections and textile furnishings, the installation also showcases a selection of garments and pieces created by British designers and tailors in honour of the prestigious Scottish cloth.
The Harris Tweed “adventures” include pieces by iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood; multi-award winning designer Margaret Howell; world-famous label Maison Martin Margela – designed by John Galliano; historic London tailors Huntsman; Kathryn Sargent – the only female Savile Row tailor; Kara Keddie – a recent menswear graduate of the celebrated Central St Martins; the innovative designer of women’s wear Peter Pilotto; Topman – the trendy British high street brand that introduced an entire new generation of customers to this famous fabric, and Blackhouse – manufacturer of elegant contemporary Harris Tweed seating.
The showcase is part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, a celebration of the nation’s global contributions to architecture, design, engineering and science.
The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June at BASE Milano, Via Bergognone 34.