The Cloakroom

Sep

19-27

2015

Mon-Sun 10am-5.45pm

Free Event

V&A Commission

Visitors to the V&A during the London Design Festival were transformed into temporary custodians via Faye Toogood’s two-part installation, The Cloakroom.

The first part of the experience was a literal cloakroom, located in Room 55, where visitors were invited to check out one of 150 Toogood coats to wear around the Museum. Each coat was equipped with a sewn-in map that guided the visitor through the second part of the installation: ten places in the Museum galleries, where they discovered a series of sculptural garments created by Toogood in response to nearby objects from the Museum’s collection – from a 15th century timber-panelled room to a shining suit of armour.

The 150 navigational coats were based on the voluminous Oil Rigger coat, one of the first coats designed for the Toogood brand, which the designer runs with her pattern-cutter sister, Erica. The coats were made from Highfield by Kvadrat, a high-tech compressed-foam textile and each has been hand-treated to render it unique. The sculptural garments visitors discovered during their journey were constructed from non-traditional fashion materials, including wood, fibreglass and metal, bridging the worlds of furniture design and fashion with which Toogood is engaged.

“These are ten of my favourite objects within the V&A, and I’ve responded to each object’s material, craftsmanship, or artisan maker,” said Toogood. “I want to take people on a journey of discovery through the depths of the Museum.”

About Faye Toogood

Faye Toogood is a British designer. Her furniture and objects demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and experimentation. All of her pieces are handmade by small-scale fabricators and traditional artisans, with an honesty to the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material. With an academic training in the theory and practice of fine art and a vocational background at the forefront of the magazine industry, Toogood approaches product design with a singular and acutely honed eye. Her highly sculptural work, while showing an astute respect for the past, is derived from pure self-expression and instinct. Toogood's objects are grouped together into her trademark numbered 'Assemblages'. This allows her to avoid the formulaic, to experiment with the materials and processes that dominate her thinking at a particular time. With each Assemblage, she engages not only with the products themselves but also with the three-dimensional space in which they are exhibited, working across multiple disciplines to create a single body of work with an intuitive and unified narrative.

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