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Morley Gallery: Phoebe English: Inanimate, Animate
November 14, 2018 @ 12:00 am - February 23, 2019 @ 12:00 am
This exhibition presents designer Phoebe English’s archive collections reimagined in miniature and worn by a series of intricate and emotive marionettes.
Automated in a variety of ways, the puppets will populate the gallery space as an immersive experience. The installation will enable visitors to see these unique puppets up-close and en masse, with the scale and presentation bringing unexpected perspectives on the 7 year Phoebe English archive.
Phoebe English is a luxury womenswear and menswear label creating garments with an attention to precision and beauty. Construction forms the centre of her design philosophy which embraces a consideration to highly laboured textiles. Inspirations for collections often stem from abstract origins such as a particular type of process or a feeling; this approach aims to infuse the work with a conceptual aesthetic, offering luxury through idea. This intricate balance between craft and design remains at the heart of each collection. Returning each season to lost, forgotten or little-used fabrication techniques, this respect for construction and the ‘mark of the maker’ aims to set the label apart from mass made fashion and trend led design – a permanence in the transience of fashion. She has become known for her imaginative and creative fashion presentations and set design which offer an immersive conceptual experience on the fashion week schedule. The Phoebe English label is proud to be entirely ‘Made in England’.
Image credit: Phoebe English