So glad to see that Celia Birtwell and Uniqlo are creating a UK capsule collection in a couple of month’s time.
The bold colourful prints will be a welcome feature, with florals popping up on the catwalks once again this Spring/Summer.
As a lover of bright, eyecatching pattern, I am a big fan of Birtwell’s work, and infact, I studied some of her prints for a fashion collection at college. Uniqlo is no stranger to collaboration, and has previously worked with Laura Ashley Orla Kiely and Lulu Guiness. According to British Vogue, it was Birtwell’s ability to “combine the traditional sensitivity toward prints with a contemporary, modern and unique twist” which inspired Uniqlo to join forces. She has a huge archive of prints, which she has been building since she started designing in the 1960’s. The design team at Uniqlo selected some favourites which she has developed specifically for the collection.
Print: Pretty Woman (above)
Birtwell, whose work had a huge influence on Sixties and Seventies fashion, enjoyed a small come back in Spring 2006 when she launched a small collection for Topshop.
She also created a range for John Lewis four years later.
Blouse (above) Celia Birtwell at John Lewis
I am currently looking for ideas for print designs to inject life into the Moda Mi Summer collection, and flicking through Birtwell’s archives is really inspiring!
Long live Celia Birtwell! ❤