The CASS presents Fabric of the City, a major contemporary textile exhibition celebrating the legacy of the Huguenot Weavers in Spitalfields, coinciding with the Huguenots of Spitalfields festival, taking place during the summer across London.
House of Harlot are thrilled to be one of 14 textile and fashion designers based in East London that have contributed to this remarkable exhibition highlighting the history and continuing legacy of couture, luxury and innovative fabrics in the neighbourhood.
Pictured is our dress that celebrates the French Huguenot dresses of the C18, especially the Fanshawe dress of c.1751 and now in the Museum of London, only this time it is designed on a computer and is made of latex and contemporary materials instead of silk, linen and bone.
This lovely dress is designed, created and manufactured by Robin Archer and the team in the House of Harlot atelier just off Brick Lane in Princelet St, a street that still has a master Huguenot silk weavers home along it, complete with a Synagogue in the garden.
Do come and visit Fabric of the City and then go exploring Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Princelet Street, it’s a fascinating neighbourhood that is as lively and exciting now as at any time in its long history.
When? 10 – 31 July 2015
Where? The CASS & Bank Space Gallery
Address? Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF
Still Can’t See It? The CASS is being renovated and there’s no signage visible from Whitechapel Road. Look for the building covered in scaffolding directly opposite the Whitechapel Art Gallery, that is The CASS.
More Information? Fabric of the City
Even More Information? Both the Victoria & Albert Museum and The Museum of London have beautiful examples of C18 gowns designed and manufactured in Spitalfields by French Huguenot silk weaver immigrants.