Fashion in Motion is a series of live catwalk events presented at the V&A in London. This year, Fashion in Motion will feature the work of British menswear designer John Alexander Skelton.
Reaching as far back as 1999, Fashion in Motion has featured international designers; Alexander McQueen (1999), Arkadius (2000), Issey Miyake (2001), Central St Martins Graduates (2002), Missoni (2003), Vivienne Westwood (2004), Ozwald Boateng (2005), Giles Deacon & Erdem (2009), Jenny Packham (2013) and most recently Peter Pilotto (2015) and Christopher Raeburn (2016).
John Alexander Skelton’s recent show during London Fashion Week 2018, featured chunky, layered garments based on a Dickensian creative. John’s new collection explores English folk traditions: 19th-century folk theatre and wassailing — a medieval drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest. Expect to see a dramatic palette of fabrics featuring long coats, tweed waistcoats, high waisted trousers, button-up cardigans and braces.
Throughout his career, John has called a change in the fashion industry, championing sustainable and ethical practices. His efforts reflect the work being done by organisations such as Eco-Age where sustainable materials, working methods and artisanal revival combine to promote more sociopolitical consciousness in the industry.
I want it to be taken as a given that my work is sustainable, regardless of what it takes to conceive it. Also, sustainability shouldn’t be used as a marketing scheme to make more profit from the guilt-ridden consumers.
John Alexander Skelton — From an interview by Dazed Magazine.
John’s 2018 collection features recycled fabrics, customised through hand-dying, painting and patching. He often acquires second-hand materials via markets, repurposing antique bed sheets, curtains and farm textiles into unique garments.
Alexander Skelton was awarded the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation’s Sarabande scholarship in 2016.
John Alexander Skelton | Fashion in Motion at the V&A
Raphael Gallery — Friday 23 March 2018 at 15.00, 17.00 and 20.00
Tickets are free and available from 10 am on Monday the 20th of March 2018.
Photography by Ryan Skelton