Burberry is famous for the Trench coat. Yes, the coat the senior officers wore in the trenches in the First World War. This autumn Christopher Bailey has excelled himself with a marvellous set of hand painted trench coats and other items. Just as I was thinking about painting some silk to make into a garment daughter-in-law Bianca (who works for the company) sent me these gorgeous images.
Organdie is a very crisp, transparent cotton that I use as interfacing. It is inexpensive and quite nice to sew with, although somewhat rough. Do you think they paint the cloth first and then cut it out? The orange flower suggests a join; the lapel seems to have been stitched and then painted.
Nubuck is a soft leather similar to suede but it is made from the other (out) side of the leather.
The dress is not hand-painted. Rather the fabric is printed with a hand-painted design. But it certainly shows how nice a hand-painted silk dress might look.
The sheepskin coat is the one I like the best. The scale is smaller and it is the most ornate of the handpainted coats. In this case there is no doubt that the coat was made up first and then painted in the round. The whole collection is inspired by the work of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and this one is the “truest” in my opinion. I also like the cashmere scarf where the design is painted then printed onto the fabric. There are bags and shoes too.
Lovely, lovely, lovely. Very expensive. I want something like this in my SWAP. Don’t know yet how I am going to do it. But I am smitten.