V&A British Design Exhibition, London

Alexander McQueen original reference imageImage credit:  Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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gems studio; in collaboration with sister company proportion>london have worked with curators at the V&A Museum on exhibition projects spanning  a number of years. This strong working relationship most recently led to the production of costume display mannequins for their design exhibition, British Design from 1948: innovation in the modern age.

Traditionally known for historical display figures, gems studio are also adept at modern and contemporary costume display, having the skills, technique and a creatively minded production team capable of inventive solutions for museums and exhibitions.

The V&A retrospective showcases some of the most influential garments from 1948 to the present day. Fashion designs by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Biba, sit easily alongside landmark stage costumes, including an influential David Bowie ‘Ziggy Stardust’ jumpsuit, Brian Ferry, Eno and Marc Bolan stage outfits.

Proof of our dexterity within the fashion field is shown on these pages by the production of a custom build body to display an Alexander McQueen  couture dress from the ‘Horn of Plenty’ collection. For Gems and Proportion this project involved the development of a custom specified mannequin to create a doppelganger of the model’s pose from the catwalk. Curators from the V&A, the Alexander McQueen creative team and our own specialist team worked closely through a detailed process of briefing, fit sessions, workshop and site visits and finally hand painted make up to create the original look from the catwalk.

Shown left: Original reference image. Image credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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