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Dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, 2016

Sarah Burton designed this dress for her Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection.

Burton was inspired by the Huguenot silk weavers who fled to England from France in the 17th century. She featured flowers heavily in her designs for the collection, remarking, ‘I loved the stories of how they [the Huguenots] arrived with very little, bringing seeds and bulbs in their pockets to grow. They were gardeners. And they wove their French flowers into the patterns on their silks.’

The textile design is very similar to the style of silks which were fashionable in England between 1745 and 1765, with a dominant plain white ground decorated with badges of flowers, brocaded onto the ground in lines.

Dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, 2016
V&A Americas Foundation through the generosity of Christine Suppes.
Museum number: T.45-2023 – © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2023

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