Posts Tagged ‘Celia Birtwell’

“Blink” Inspiration: Valentino x Celia Birtwell

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Did you see our previous post of the video about Celia Birtwell’s collaboration with Valentino? Here’s the promised second post with our exclusive interview with Celia about her work with Valentino. If you don’t know as much as you should about Celia Birtwell and her impact on the worlds of fashion and art, you can read more here on her website.

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Celia Birtwell (image from the Celia Birtwell website)

Blink: How did the collaboration with Valentino come about?

Celia Birtwell: One Monday morning last autumn we got a phone call from the a lady at Valentino who said the creative directors had seen my book would like to discuss the possibility of a commission or collaboration.  It was Bella, my partner and daughter in law who took the call and being early on a Monday morning and totally out of the blue she struggled to understand the request – she thought perhaps they had seen one of fabric books and wanted to order some fabric for their offices (which often happens).

Only later when we received the request via email did we understand that they had seen my retrospective book and based on the strength of the visuals they wanted to come and meet us to discuss a collaboration.  Within a couple of weeks we met the delightful Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo and the rest is history…

Blink: with which collection did it start and is the collaboration ongoing?

Celia Birtwell: MG (Maria Grazia) and PP (Pierpaolo) had a very clear idea of what they wanted from me.  They wanted to me to redesign Botticelli’s Primavera for their women’s Pre Fall 2015 collection.  Time was tight but the brief was absolutely perfect as I adore the painting and I spent fifty years painting flowers.

I was then asked to design a cosmos print, a dragon, butterflies and more florals for the AW15 collection which was shown at Paris Fashion week in March.  I’ve always drawn stars but I have avoided butterflies and never come across the need to design a dragon so I found this brief far more challenging.  The result was my “Funky Dragon” which appears on dresses, leather jackets and parkas as well as some menswear for spring 15.  It is fun and surprising to see how they use my designs in all their wonderful ways.  The craftsmanship is second to none.

I think my favourites are the Primavera florals although I have seen them a lot now so look forward to seeing the other designs come to life this autumn.

Valentino's 'Camugarden' boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. Image by Celia Birtwell.jpeg

Valentino’s ‘Camugarden’ boots and scarf. Print design by Celia Birtwell. (Image by Celia Birtwell)

Thank you so much Celia and Bella. Here are some of our favourites of Celia’s work with Valentino, including that gorgeous “Funky Dragon”.

Celia Birtwell's work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia Birtwell’s work in the Valentino pre Fall 2015 collection (image with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino AW'15 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino AW’15 collection (images with thanks to Karla Otto)

Celia's work in the Valentino SS'15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino SS’15 menswear collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia's work in the Valentino Resort '16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Celia’s work in the Valentino Resort ’16 collection (images with thanks to Style.com)

Thanks also to Karla Otto for some of the imagery. For more fashion pattern inspiration posts, take a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Pattern Inspiration: Celia Birtwell x Valentino

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

As a preview to a post that is coming up very soon, we wanted to share this lovely video with you. One of my longest standing fashion love affairs has been with the work of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell. And if you’re an avid Blink London blog reader, you’ll know that I have a newer, and seasonally increasing fashion passion for Valentino (check our post about the recent Valentino couture collection). Imagine my excitement when I discovered that Valentino was working with Celia to create the print and pattern for their pre-Fall 2015 collection!

The collaboration has continued and Celia’s work can be seen in the Valentino collections right up to SS’16 menswear as well as Resort ’16 womenswear. Watch out for more on this on the blog in the upcoming week.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: British Design at the V&A, Fashion focus 2

Friday, April 6th, 2012

On to part 2 of our look at the amazing and iconic fashion moments featured in the V&A’s British Design exhibition. Here we look at some of the most well known British design names from the 60’s and 70’s as well as the designer’s that are very much still in full creative flow today. I personally have a very soft spot for anything by Ozzie Clark and Celia Birtwell, so we’ll start there…

Ozzie Clark dress, 1970-1

Zandra Rhodes dress, 1977

John Bates mini dress (left), 1966-8. Foale and Tuffin mini dress (right), 1966

EVENING GOWN DESIGNED BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, AUTUMN-WINTER 2009. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP GETTY IMAGES

Hussein Chalayan tulle dress, 2011

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Enjoy! Lucy