29 April – 5 June 1999
Garden looked at fashion’s continuing love affair with the garden and in particular its precious blooms. Rich and sensual, flowers are not only used as surface decoration on gowns but as their essential metaphor. Both historical and contemporary pieces were shown, and flowers, imaginary and quasi-scientific: from early 18th century kitchen garden embroidered aprons, to a 1950′s prom dress.
Showing its relevance today, current pieces included those by Matthew Williamson, Sybilla, Prada, Moschino, Alexander McQueen and – recently graduated – Arkadius (who showed a piece directly inspired by the orchids he saw at the 1998 Chelsea Flower Show).