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This dramatic ensemble by British designer Craig Green heads up the catwalk in our Fashion and Style gallery.

'Sculpture look' fact file

Date

Spring/Summer 2015

Designed by

Craig Green (b.1986)

Made in

London

Made from

Cotton, plastic, wood

Museum reference

K.2016.86.1-6

On display

Fashion and Style, Level 1, National Museum of Scotland

Did you know?

As well as storming the catwalk, Green's dramatic designs have been displayed in exhibitions at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Sculpture look, by Craig Green. Cotton, wood, muslin, London, England, Spring/Summer 2015

Above: Sculpture look, by Craig Green. Cotton, wood, muslin, London, England, Spring/Summer 2015.

Who is Craig Green?

Designer Craig Green was born in London in 1986. After completing the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, he presented his first collection in Autumn/Winter 2013, as part of a Topman/Fashion East initiative hosted by the British Fashion Council's London Collections: Men event.

Green's fearless designs, marrying minimalism with dramatic body-pieces, set him apart in menswear design and have earned him a reputation as a conceptual artist. 

Why is 'Sculpture look' so important?

'Sculpture look' formed part of Green's debut solo Spring/Summer 2015 collection, which the designer described as 'a silent protest'. It consists of a long white cotton shirt and placket shirt, a sarong and a body sculpture made from wood with a cotton flag attached.

Sculpture look, by Craig Green. Cotton, wood, muslin, London, England, Spring/Summer 2015

Above: Sculpture look, by Craig Green. Cotton, wood, muslin, London, England, Spring/Summer 2015.

Sculpture look, by Craig Green. Cotton, wood, muslin, London, England, Spring/Summer 2015

Above: Sculpture look, by Craig Green. Cotton, wood, muslin, London, England, Spring/Summer 2015.

Juxtaposing clothing strapped tight to the body with a half-undressed aesthetic, 'Sculpture look' contrasts the everlasting with the idea of clothes being disposable. This is a topical struggle in an industry forced to consider sustainability, and the ensemble has been interpreted as a statement against contemporary materialism.

Inspiring future designers

When National Museums Scotland invited students from the Fashion BA (Hons) programme at Edinburgh College of Art to create fashion illustrations of garments in our Fashion and Style gallery, 'Sculpture look' proved a rich source of inspiration. This illustration by Delores Zhou was one of three winning images from the project.

Delores Zhou, response to a catwalk look ‘Sculpture look’ by Craig Green, Spring/Summer 2015.

Above: Delores Zhou, response to a catwalk look ‘Sculpture look’ by Craig Green, Spring/Summer 2015.

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