The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark opens the Fashioned from Nature Exhibition currently on at the National Museum of Natural History in Copenhagen.
During a recent visit to the National Museum of Natural History in Copenhagen, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark officially opened one of the institution’s great exhibitions for the year.
Fashion is an integral part of our daily lives and has been since the dawn of civilisation. It has dictated and reflected each era’s moral code, how we live, who we are and even who we would like to be. Fashion reaches far past the basic need and has grown into a form of self-expression.
The natural world has not only been a great resource for our clothing over the centuries but it has also served as a great source of inspiration. The new Fashioned from Nature Exhibition explores just that.
Her Royal Highness was received, and given a private tour, by the director at the National Museum of Natural History Peter C. Kjærgaard. This extraordinary exhibition highlights and explores the usage of natural materials across more than 400 years of fashion history.
The exhibition also focuses on the consequences that the production methods of the industry and society’s consumption habits have on the environment. Both established and new Danish design talents contribute to the exhibition.
Princess Mary looked chic, as per usual, in a black high-neck knitted sweater and matching black boots with an elegant green and white A-line skirt. Quite apt for the engagement, the skirt features abstract floral and botanical patterns, highlighting the theme of the exhibition.
Highlights of the Fashioned from Nature Exhibition
- Beautiful clothing from the world’s leading art and design museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.
- Fascinating objects from the Natural History Museum’s scientific collections related to the history of fashion, including colourful beetles, exotic bird feathers, stuffed hummingbirds used for ornamental purposes, whalebone used in dressmaking, and Nordic amber and toxic plant seeds made into jewellery.
- Exciting and innovative new textile products that already exist or are currently being developed, for example, a dress made from plant roots.
- Trainers made of recycled plastic retrieved from the oceans, and other imaginative and inventive fashions created with respect for nature by a range of international designers, including Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Nike.
- Contributions from both established and new Danish design talents, highlighting the fact that Danish fashion is at the forefront in terms of both inspirational design and environmental awareness.
This extensive exhibition will be running until 1 September 2019.
Photos: Keld Navntoft