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A 19th Century Artist is Behind Loewe’s Newest It-Bag

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Fans of Jonathan Anderson know that the designer is a bit of an art history buff, and his latest capsule collection for Loewe proves as much. The Spanish house obtain special access to the archives of the 19th century British textile designer, artist, and writer William Morris for a range of brilliant pieces that span ready-to-wear and accessories.

Morris is a genius choice for the growing trend of bringing famous art into fashion and accessory design. Associated with both the Pre-Raphaelite art movement and the British Arts & Crafts movement, he produced hundreds of textiles and prints (often nature-themed), in a lavish, intricate aesthetic. In the production of his textiles, Morris favored out-of-date techniques that focused on natural dyes and hand-made elements, giving his work an artisan quality. It’s easy to see how this history would be appealing to the Spanish luxury house.

Anderson chose four specific wallpaper and textile prints from the archives to work with (“Forest,” “Acanthus,” “Honeysuckle,” and the famous “Strawberry Thief”), which were created between 1874 and 1883. Applied to Loewe’s bags and apparel, one would never guess that the prints are over a century and a half old—especially on the leather biker jacket, and the puffer jacket. It helps that Anderson has added his own touch, throwing in details like bright orange leather tags and interiors, and tie-dyed denim.

Doubling-down on all-things Morris, Loewe shot the lookbook for the capsule at Standen House, a historical building decorated with many of the artist’s wallpapers, carpets, and fabrics. It allows fans unaware of Morris’ oeuvre to get a sense of his aesthetic, and appreciate how Anderson has interpreted the patterns for the realm of fashion.

Loewe’s William Morris capsule collection will be available starting November 1, 2017.

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