by Laura Bradley .

Roksanda Ilincic's Fashion in Motion

Dancers from the English National Ballet

Roksanda Ilincic was the latest designer to show as part of the Victoria & Albert museum's 'Fashion in Motion' series on Friday evening. Recognising the importance of showing a garment in motion, the successful programme of free, live fashion events allows those who don't normally have access to the twice-yearly ready-to-wear shows, the opportunity to see clothes in a catwalk context. Launched in 1999, 'Fashion in Motion' has showcased the work of a wealth of designers including Alexander McQueen, Boudicca, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and Gareth Pugh. For many seasons, Roksanda Ilincic has chosen to turn her back on the conventional runway presentation, opting for intimate, glamorous locations (including Kensington's Bibendum restaurant and Mayfair's Dartmouth House and Lansdowne Club) taking full-advantage of her early morning slots on the official London Fashion Week schedule, seating her guests at tables and serving them lavish breakfasts; the tradition was broken only recently when she decided to show her Spring/Summer '09 collection in a sparse warehouse space. Ilincic's 'Fashion in Motion' presentation saw her return to ornate, historical surroundings, shown in the museum's Raphael Gallery: a large, imposing space which houses some of the most important surviving examples of Renaissance art. Perhaps inspired by the breathtaking backdrop, rather than sending out a succession of looks from her most recent collection, Ilincic presented a series of five vignettes featuring key pieces from her past three collections. Comprising ostrich feather bustles, delicate fabric flowers trapped in net and satin dresses with neon trompe l'oeil detailing, Ilincic's scrupulous edit also made clear the elements that have become a part of her design identity, be it 3-D pleating or her predilection for raw, unfinished edges and exposed zips. Each vignette was punctuated by performances courtesy of dancers from the English National Ballet who also were dressed in Ilincic's designs.


  1. dromedary
    15:05 26 Nov 2008
    is that the last Fashion In Motion at the V & A? It doesnt say anywhere when or who will do the next one?
  2. LauraBradley
    15:31 26 Nov 2008
    They normally do them twice a year - I'd say the next one will be next April/May. They normally send out information a month or so before. I suggest you sign up to the V&A's e-newsletter.
  3. dromedary
    16:11 26 Nov 2008
    great thanks, ps i really like the picture of the dancers