Fashion FloraSHOWstudio

An explorative look at the use of flowers as a motif
in fashion throughout the decades

SHOWstudio is delighted to present a new fashion illustration exhibition, Fashion Flora. Fashion Flora presents an explorative look at the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout the decades, as seen by a selection of SHOWstudio’s network of contemporary fashion illustrators. Depicted garments have been hand-selected by Flora Starkey, one of the most exciting floral designers working today, and date back as far the 1880s. The illustrations, which range in style and medium, showcase an array of bulbs or blooms and play tribute to the many designers who have consistently reworked and reconsidered the flower. Pieces by Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano, alongside many others, are celebrated. Like these designers, Nick Knight is known for his love of flowers, notably roses, as shown in Knight’s hand-applied pigment print ‘Rose IX’ (2012) on display here. Films from SHOWstudio’s 17-year archive are also exhibited, showcasing a continuation of this mutual interest. Alongside these digital and painterly blooms, real British flowers and plants feature, as arranged by Starkey. Flowers have always complimented fashion: both changing throughout the year with the seasons, and anticipating the season to come. Both create a sense of occasion. As a florist, fashion and illustration are constant sources of inspiration to me and it’s been a pleasure to be asked to curate this exhibition for Nick and SHOWstudio. – Flora Starkey Flowers have always been a huge influence and inspiration in the art of fashion design as well as a recurring theme throughout my own work. So it is with great pleasure that I can announce the latest exhibition at the SHOWstudio Fashion Illustration gallery, ‘Fashion Flora’. The exhibition presents an explorative look at the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout the decades, as seen by 40 of the world’s preeminent contemporary fashion illustrators. Curated by Flora Starkey, who is one of the most exciting floral designers working today, the exhibition will also feature Flora’s beautiful flower arrangements. Nick Knight

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SHOWstudio
22D Ebury Street
Belgravia, London,
SW1W 0LU

Opening times/dates:
22nd May – 21st July
Open week days
10.30am – 6pm