Drawing inspiration from nature is nothing new in the world of fashion. There is probably not a single artist who wouldn’t be inspired, even on a subconscious level, by that which Mother Nature offers. For how can one not be inspired by all that is life itself and what makes us alive? With the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions, uncertainty, oftentimes also loneliness, it seems that as a society, we have regained the understanding of what is important. Connections. Connection
In 2019, the Irish fashion writer Sinead Burke stood in plaster that, over ten long, long hours, slowly created a mold of her body. She had loaned two pieces of clothing – an exquisite Christopher Kane dress in light blue, and a Burberry trench like none you’ve seen before – to an exhibition being developed by the National Museum of Scotland, but the museum had run into a problem. They didn’t have a mannequin to match her body frame. Sinead is 3ft 5in. She has Achondroplasia.