Exhibitions of Inspiration in London
esigning and sourcing innovative textiles and styles for luxury uniform is never easy. There are certain elements that must always remain the same. But at Studio 104 we always manage find exciting ideas for textile and tradition on research trips to some of London’s greatest design museums.
With the world opening up again we are excited to get back to exploring current exhibitions. Here are a few current exhibitions that we highly recommend:
FASHION & TEXTILE MUSEUM - Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture
This exhibition explores the young and creative generation of the 1960s through the colour and vibrancy of London’s rebellious and anti-establishment counterculture at the time. With outfits worn by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix from the Chelsea roads most iconic boutiques, this incredible display evokes the hedonistic star studded days of 1960’s.
The exhibition is great source of inspiration for colour, style and print and takes you back to a time of free thinking rebellion. On display from 1 October 2021 – 13 March 2022 this is one not to be missed.
THE DESIGN MUSEUM - Wast Age: What Can Design Do?
Rethinking the world of design through waste and finding value in our rubbish is the theme of the Design Museums current exhibition, Wastage. Relevant in every way to how we use materials at Studio 104 and our approach to consumption, this exhibition allows all to understand the real meaning behind sustainability and circular economy.
At studio 104 we are constantly looking for ways to improve our impact on the world through sustainable resources and the WAST AGE exhibition gives even more inspiration on what else we can do as a business and individuals to change the way we live and consume. The exhibition shows designs from FormaFantasma, Stella McCartney and up and coming designer Bethany Williams.
Ending on 20th February catch it while you can as it is sure to make an impact.
MAKING NUNO - Japanese Textile Innovation from Sudō Reiko (Online Exhibition)
For those still in dreaded quarantine or not ready to face the crowds, our partners at Japan House, who we have had the pleasure of kitting out in our bespoke uniforms, have curated a beautiful showcase on the works of Textile Designer Sudo Reiko. Known for pushing boundaries for textile production and advocating new methods of sustainable manufacturing, Reiko has been the design director for leading textile manufacturer Nuno.
Online exhibitions are great to see fine details that can often be missed when wondering through a large museum space. No detail has been missed in this exhibition, with magnifying glass icons showing textures of these textiles up close. While Staircase icons will take you through the exhibition space and up to the Tatami Room, where another of Sudō's installations is displayed.
This immersive experience includes exclusive footage of the making of Nuno textiles and produced in collaboration with family-run factories and craftspeople all around Japan. It is a truly beautiful exhibition into Japanese tradition and the world of textiles. Always a point of inspiration to any design team. The exhibition is ongoing and great for any textile enthusiast.
London's vast array of exhibitions offer a huge amount of inspiration to our teams across design, product development and production. To understand how these creative exhibitions have informed Studio 104's bespoke uniform projects head to our portfolio page. For our detailed and unique process, from uniform concept to manufacture and delivery, head to our process page.
Written by Adele – Senior Product Developer
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