It makes a lot of sense to think that the earliest garments and jewellery made by human beings were influenced by those people's surroundings - nature in its rawest form. Jewellery made of ivory, garments from wool or pearls are examples of decorative arts taken directly from animals - elephant's tusks, lambs' fleece and oysters, in this case. But fashion's fascination with the fauna and flora of the world is deeply-rooted and seemingly perennial.
The Victoria and Albert museum's newest fashion exhibition, called 'Fashioned from Nature
' is the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature, starting from 1600 and continuing to the present day.
Presenting fashionable dress from across the centuries alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, the exhibition invites visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.