Before synthetics, there were natural textiles. And fashion has plundered the natural world for as long as we have needed to dress. Bark, skins, fibres, dye plants, feathers.
The Fashion Institute in New York is rendering a hommage to the more than apparent inspiriational history that links humans to their environment and the other species inhabiting it.
The small exhibit Forces of Nature is a collection of clothing and accessories that celebrates and informs while inviting the public to discover the future possible directions in textile research. Even high fashion is trending a newfound ecological consciousness.
Here are a few photos from the exhibit.