Gallery Displays at the Warner Textile Archive

The Archive Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday and on the first Saturday of the month, 10am – 4pm.

Groups are welcome to visit the Archive and enjoy our displays at other times, by appointment – please call 01376 557741 for details.

OASIS at the Archive: ‘A Royally Gorgeous Collaboration’

The Oasis Autumn Winter ’16 range included dresses, skirts, tops and accessories inspired by five designs from the Warner Textile Archive. As is the way with the fashion industry while we are looking at this season’s ranges they have already shaped next season’s. This project began in late 2015 when the Oasis design team (who have previously worked with the Victoria &
Albert Museum in a similar way) sent our Archivist ‘mood boards’ with various catwalk inspirations.

With these in mind the Archivist then identified around 100 designs – both textile and paper- which visually reflected the brief. These potential designs were then shown to the design team on their first visit to the Archive in the spring of 2016 and reduced down to 40 images which they took back with them to consider, and eventually to the final five that are displayed in the Archive Gallery. Following the completion of development work by their team on the designs samples of the fabrics were produced and then converted into sample garments in June and July. This was followed by another visit to the Archive by the Oasis design team in October 2016 to finalise any small details.

This gallery display shows the creative journey between the Archive and OASIS with the original designs, development work and the final collection all on display.

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