So who knew there was a garden museum in London? Not me, that’s for sure, but apparently there is.
A self-funded museum which relies entirely on its visitors, the Museum’s garden was created in 1980 and is filled with flowers and shrubs of the period. Situated in the restored church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, adjacent to Lambeth Palace on the banks of the Thames, the Garden Museum provides an insight into the history and development of gardens and gardening in the UK and houses one of the finest public displays of garden tools and related artefacts and ephemera.
Fashion & Gardens explores the relationship between fashion and garden design, from the age of Queen Elizabeth I to today’s catwalk shows. The exhibition is curated by writer, historian and Garden Museum Trustee Nicola Shulman and identifies and celebrates the many links between gardening and fashion design, which has existed for centuries.
Like gardeners, the fashion industry follows a seasonal cycle, always looking ahead to the next season, trying to anticipate the changes of light, temperature, mood and scale that await at the turn of the year. Both gardens and clothes aim to bring a sense of occasion to a season.
The exhibition features designers such as Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Christopher Bailey who said of his Spring/Summer 2014 Burberry collection, “I wanted this idea of an English rose garden. There are all these very dusky, gentle, soft colours and then all of a sudden you’ll see a spiky, very red rose in the middle of it.”
Fashion and Gardens: Spring/Summer – Autumn/Winter is at the Garden Museum until April 27