Style Court

Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.01.2013

Stitchcraft

[Images via Alexander McQueen]
Motivated by Sarah Burton's pre-spring/summer 2014 collection for Alexander McQueen with her less-expected references to rustic textiles and techniques, like patched denim, and hardworking old-school pieces such as aprons, bedspreads and tablecloths, I wanted Monday's highlighted cloth to be similarly humble but also, in keeping with the House of McQueen, intricately stitched.

[V & A image. Click for full view.]

Burton's palette inspired, too: on the catwalk were at least four different whites with a smattering of indigo, pale blue, and dark sand. The V & A's creamy 18th-century fringed cotton cover, pictured above, is from Cypress not Britain but the techniques used to make it -- satin, stem and buttonhole stitches plus cut and drawn-work -- relate to McQueen's broderie anglaise. Especially appealing about the antique piece is how the cutwork is used to form a wide zig-zag border with botanical motifs interspersed among the geometrics.

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