Photography by Laurence Ellis
For his Resort 2018 collection, Christopher Kane plundered inspiration from one the biggest decorative arts movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: The Glasgow Four. Fusing influences such as Celtic Revival, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Japonisme, said four – Margaret MacDonald; her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh; her sister Frances and Frances’ husband Herbert Macnair – influenced design movements across Europe with their stylised marriage of right angles and floral motifs.
Photography by Laurence Ellis Photography by Laurence Ellis
Kane gained permission to shoot the collection at Hill House, Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece in Helensburgh. All the echoes are there, merged with Kane’s own family album of work over the past 11 years.
Photography by Laurence EllisPhotography by Laurence Ellis
Still, none of this was obvious as an open scrapbook of literal inspirations from all those layers of Glaswegian history, personal and national—well, except for the Scotland sweater, and the one with the red Scottish lion rampant, from the royal banner. Kane is a designer rather than a cut-and-paste image appropriator. What’s important to him is that his sources are “genuine and authentic to us,” he said. “And people really respond to that.”
Photography by Laurence Ellis Photography by Laurence EllisPhotography by Laurence Ellis Photography by Laurence Ellis
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