Coco de Mer has collaborated with the Victoria & Albert museum to design a unique collection for AW18.
Merging nature with richly dramatic embellishment, the collection celebrates the opulence of ornament from Georgian glass to traditional Korean lacquerware in silk satins and tulles, allowing customer to immerse themselves in the delicate motifs and ornate patterns from the V&A’s rich archives.
Coco de Mer has delved into the V&A collections and adapted items such as an English glass and gilt scent bottle from about the 1760s into a delicate golden embroidery and taken William Morris’ Wreathnet furnishing fabric from 1882 to create a silk nightwear print.
The brand will also work with the V&A on its own-brand SS19 collection.
Lauren Sizeland, head of Business Development and Licensing at the V&A said: “The V&A and Coco de Mer share a passion for high quality, exquisite design so we were delighted when they approached us about a line of luxury lingerie. From the final details and finishes of each item to the product names, we have collaborated with Coco de Mer to make sure that the collection blends the V&A brand handwriting with Coco de Mer’s aesthetics.”
Lucy Litwack, CEO of Coco de Mer commented: “It is an honour to collaborate with the V&A. I have always loved the museum and as two British heritage brands with a passion for beauty we were very well matched. We met and felt that we could develop a lingerie collection that would embody key elements from both of our brands – luxury, opulence and glamour. I’m thrilled with how this first collection has materialised – it really is beautiful – and I am excited to be working together on our next collaboration for SS19.”
The collection incorporates four different ranges for AW18, launching in September 2018:
An 18th century glass and gilt scent bottle from the V&A’s collections is the inspiration for this intricate design. Echoing the colour scheme of the original, gold embroidery is featured on a deep blue silk satin base.
This design features an embroidery detail from a silk cushion cover from the V&A’s textile collections. The stylised heart-shape of wild flowers is an example of the English taste for floral decoration popular in the 17th century that has been adapted for the contemporary woman.
This delicate leaf motif has been inspired by mother of pearl inlay found in the V&A’s collection of traditional Korean lacquerware. A popular motif in Korean art, scrolling vines were considered symbols of abundance.
This rich ruby coloured collection is a luxurious interpretation of the floriated pattern of Wreathnet, a textile originally designed by William Morris in 1882. A pioneer of the Arts and Crafts Movement, his designs sought to bring the art of nature into everyday life.