In fashion models and roses alike, British photographer David Sims finds beauty in imperfection. His book features floral portraits with flaws. Sepia-tinged leaves, wrinkled petals, splayed anthers and dehiscent stamens—like the disheveled models, were it not for their imperfections, the rose portraits would not be nearly as memorable.
For his debut show as Dior's creative director, designer Raf Simons stitched together a setting reminiscent of the fashion house's founding themes—femininity, romance, and flowers. Once again, the house of Dior was a house of flowers.
Sun printing on fabric lets you use the plants in your garden to create beautiful patterns, and the resulting fabric can be made into clothing or a framed work of art. We teach you how to make a cyanotype with step-by-step instructions.
Many of the Philippine's traditional outfits are made from piña, a fabric woven from pineappple leaves. We take a look at the dual influence of Spain and the Philippines on this unusual fabric, starting with the very existence of the pineapple itself.
Lines are out the door for the last few days of the Metropolitan Museum's Alexander McQueen show, "Savage Beauty." The natural world was a big inspiration for McQueen's work and we take a look at a few designs from the late, great designer that were directly influenced by flora and fauna.
While botanic fashion has yet to see urban streets and Bill Cunningham's lens, the concept has been flourishing on the runway and the artist's studio. Here are three designers who have culled their materials from the plants that inspire them.