Hawthorne & Heaney Visits ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissme’

  This exhibition ‘Thierry Mugler : Couturissime’ is on at the Musée des arts Decoratifs, Paris.  A wonderful exhibition to go and see should you be in Paris.  The exhibition focuses around the work and life of Thierry Mugler (1948-2022).  Known for his avant-garde techniques and use of interesting materials like faux fur, vinyl, latex, […]

Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art

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Embroidery, much like fabric, is not made to last forever. So when we are looking for examples of historical textiles, sometimes, they simply do not exisit anymore as the fabrics disintergrate with age and use. However we do still have a source of what textiles might have looked like in their glory days in the […]

Hawthorne & Heaney for the Worshipful Company of Broderers

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Last month, The Worshipful Company of Broderers held a fashion show, dedicated to the best of embroidery in British Fashion. Hawthorne & Heaney was invited to be involved and naturally, it was an opportunity that could not be missed.   The Worshipful Company of Broderers is a livery company, dedicated to the protection and promotion of […]

Hawthorne & Heaney :Dismantling of a Victorian Mourning Shawl

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WHO, WHAT & WHY? Hawthorne & Heaney was given the Victorian shawl by Sue Thomas from Savile Row bespoke. HISTORY In the Victorian era, black was considered the appropriate colour to be worn when mourning the loss of a loved one and in some cultures, this is still the case today. It is believed that […]

Hawthorne & Heaney visit Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

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Every now and then, there is an exhibition that we feel we just have to see, and usually one holds out until it (hopefully) comes to London. However the risk of missing out on ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ at Musee Des Arts Decoratifs was one that was too great and we felt compelled to […]

Hawthorne & Heaney Visits Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

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When a major fashion exhibtion comes to London, we love to go and see what it is all about and the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition currently on at the Victoria and Albert Museum does not disappoint. Based in the fashion and textiles section of the museum, the exhibition goes through from the beginnings of Balenciaga […]

Hawthorne & Heaney visits Peranakan Embroidery Boutiques in Singapore

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During a recent visit to Singapore, one of the team at Hawthorne & Heaney took a sight detour off the tourist trail and visited one of the Peranakan Embroidery heritage boutiques in the suburbs. This small street houses a couple of shops in which they are keeping the more traditional embroidery techniques of the region […]