AW19 sees Nabil Nayal embark on a collaboration with The School of Historical Dress, exploring eighteenth-century dress and the controversial Queen Marie Antoinette. The Austrian dauphine became a source of great fascination after reading Caroline Webber’s Queen of Fashion, which explores the journey of Marie Antoinette from her childhood home in Austria to her controversial reign in France and subsequent execution.

The School of Historical Dress was founded in 2009 by world-renowned dress historian and author, Jenny Tiramani, and offers historical classes on accurate historical reconstruction. The collaboration has led to the exploration of accurate artefacts from the late 18th century which have been filtered through Nabil’s contemporary lens.

In exploring the late eighteenth-century, Nabil was drawn to the ‘chemise à la reine’ – a long finely woven white shirt-dress, which Marie Antoinette popularised. The collection includes frock coats and panier dresses – both of which became important to Nabil’s conceptualization of the period. Delicate lace from Sophie Hallette – the historic French house of tulle and lace (since 1887) and other diaphanous fabrics provide a stark contrast with the collection’s underlying menswear references, starched organdies and sculptural shirt forms.

The NN team are delighted to be presenting in the BFC Discovery LABS this season and are working in partnership with Hunger TV and Revlon to deliver a fully immersive event with a bespoke soundtrack composed by Luciano Rossi (Idlewild).

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Photography by Sorn Kanisorn | | @sork_ks@sodiumcollective