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“There was an openness and enthusiasm about them that I found incredibly inspiring,” says Alexander McQueen artistic director Sarah Burton of the young teenagers the brand worked with over one unforgettable summer in south Wales last year. Black Lingerie The series of creative workshops – a collaboration between the British house, the filmmaker Charlotte James and documentary photographer Clémentine Schneidermann (both of Ffasiwn Stiwdio in Merthyr Tydfil) – was born out of an especially affecting research trip to Wales, Burton explains.

“For our autumn/winter 2020 research trip, we visited Wales. We were fascinated by the warmth of its artistic and poetic heritage, by its folklore and the soul of its craft,” she explains. The ensuing collection memorably included delicate guipure lace dresses inspired by traditional Welsh love spoons, and cloud-like tulle gowns adorned with otters, butterflies, starlings – even a Welsh lamb. “[The country’s] rich culture was so inspiring for us that season,” says Burton. Blue Lingerie “That research trip really informed the collection and became the foundation for the education project.”

Burton – who was introduced to Ffasiwn Stiwdio when a Welsh member of her team showed her a fashion magazine James and Schneidermann had created with local young people – had originally intended to invite the children to the Alexander McQueen show in Paris. That plan, like so many others in 2020, was squashed by Covid, but the artistic director remained determined to reinforce the connection between McQueen and this small south Wales community.Brown Lingerie  “We decided to do something more in depth with Clémentine and Charlotte, and it ended up becoming much more meaningful to us all, and hopefully to the young people too.”

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