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June 24, 2019

Fashion in Motion: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Held in the V&A's iconic Raphael Gallery, shows from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi feature a collection of...

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers, with Preen by Thornton Bregazzi being the latest.

Founded in 1996 by Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi was built on an aesthetic of Arts and Crafts inspired by floral and modern graphic lines, bringing together traditional motifs with a strong sense of British tongue-in-cheek chic.

Their debut collection in 2001 received rave reviews and established the brand’s essence of punkish sensibilities with delicate vintage elements and hand-crafted detailing. The label has since become synonymous with a deconstructed London cool.

Justin and Thea acknowledge the V&A as an, “Endless source of inspiration for our designs,” explaining that, “First stop on a visit is always the Ceramics  Galleries for the amazing collection of decorated porcelain. Elements of Victorian culture and costume seep into our collections and the floral motifs of the arts and crafts movement often form the basis of our signature prints.”

They said, “We feel honoured to show our work in an institution that has been so formative to Preen’s brand DNA.”

To read more, visit the V&A’s website.