At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton presented a richly detailed Fall/Winter ’20 collection where she paid tribute to the characteristic tight-knit culture of Wales that she discovered while travelling through the fabled Celtic land. The English designer took a liking to quilts during her journey and translated them into her collection. Traditionally constructed through piecing and layering together scraps of fabric over long periods of time, quilts have consequently come to represent slices of Welsh history stitched together in a tangible form — while symbolising familial love and a sense of protection derived from togetherness.
Sharing the colour blocking and line work she used on clothing to graphically replicate quilting patterns, Burton reworked the Tall Story bag, first introduced in the British label’s pre-Spring ’20 collection, into a multicolour patchwork version. While original sculptural details — skinny metallic handles, alternative egg-shape handles in leather and the horizontal front zip — lend a certain character to the oversized tote, the mélange of lines and colours transform the piece into a historically-informed work of art.
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