The Victoria & Albert museum has announced the launch of a new lingerie collection that’s taken inspiration from several different artefacts on display at the 166-year-old institution.
The collection, which consists of four different ranges, has been created in collaboration with luxury British lingerie brand Coco de Mer for the Autumn/Winter fashion season.
The collection, titled, ‘The Beauty of Nature’, was influenced by certain objects in the museum’s archives such as an 18th-Century English perfume bottle, traditional Korean lacquerware and floral silk cushions from 17th-Century England.
The aim of the collection is to highlight the extraordinary craftsmanship on display at the museum, all the while drawing attention to the delicacy of Coco de Mer’s designs.
One of the ranges titled ‘Signature’, has been inspired by a textile called Wreathnet designed by William Morris in 1882. Coco de Mer decided to opt for a rich ruby colour for the range, which includes a long gown and kimono.
Another of the ranges, named ‘Golden Heron’, was designed with an 18th-Century glass and gilt scent bottle in mind. The lingerie combines deep blue satin with golden embroidery, mirroring the colours that can be seen on the perfume bottle.