British designer Phoebe English, known for her luxury womenswear garments and attention to detail and construction, is set to debut a piece of art this summer at London’s Now Gallery on the city’s beautiful Greenwich Peninsula. English is no stranger to taking her process from runway to gallery, having previously displayed installations at Dover Street Market in London and at Comme des Garçons’ Trading Museum store in Paris.
The designer’s latest project, set to be her largest yet, will be a series of hand-stitched glass beads weighing 30kg, which will be hung in a 22 foot high space in the gallery. “It’s going to be quite a striking, glistening glass textile piece,” she explains. Running alongside the art will also be an an exploration of the workings of the English’s process as she designs her garments, hence why the exhibit has been named “Floating, Falling, Drowning, Flying: An Instrospection of Process.” Photographs, textiles, research notes and sketches will all feature in the space as part of the project and recognition of English’s work.
Seeing her job as capturing all manner of design, English explains that “when you have a label you end up designing a lot of other things other than just your clothes – how you want your Web site to look, what you want all your paperwork to look like – and you end up being a designer of everything really. Doing the installations is for me just really a continuation of the clothes I make, it’s all part of the same body of work.” Jemima Burrill, curator of the Now Gallery, adds that “the precision of English’s working process, matched with the clear conceptualization of her design made her the perfect candidate for Now Gallery’s first fashion commission.”
See the exhibit when it opens on May 21, running through to August 9.