Inspired by 18th century court dress worn by Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, the ISKO Commission was made for the Love Thy Denim exhibition using fabrics supplied by the exhibition’s sponsor ISKO, global leader in denim manufacturing and textile innovation. The concept behind the ISKO Commission is to show the versatility and beauty of denim.
The ISKO Commission will be just one of many pieces in this fashion exhibition exploring the origins and versatility of denim from its workwear heritage in the Wild West through to its adoption into mainstream fashion and becoming the fabric of our everyday lives. Alongside the Commission, will be a jacket and trousers from Vivienne Westwood’s 1991 Cut, Slash and Pull collection, a Jean Paul Gaultier men’s ensemble on loan from the Fashion Museum Bath and a piece from Maison Margiela’s S/S 09 Artisanal Collection. Also on display will be 19th century denim artefacts dug up from US silver mines, iconic denim advertising images, denim accessories including sunglasses and denim art.
Love Thy Denim will be open in The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre until Sunday 23 October. It then opens at Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre on Saturday 29 October. Admission to both venues is free of charge, donations are welcome.