When I went to the Design Museum last week I also spotted this piece from Mary Katrantzou’s A/W11 displayed at the gallery. Curious enough about it I found out it is informed by ‘objets d’art’ collected by wealthy women, with the inspiration of this garment coming from the forms and patterns of 18th century Chinese Qianlong dynasty ceramics and porcelain. These highly intricate textiles were re-shaped for a woman’s form, including a constructed underskirt that creates a strong silouhette. The materials used are hammered silk and cotton printed fabric, helping achieve the mix of senses that Katrantzou aimed. She imagined herself entering the famed New York apartment of former American Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, decorated like ‘a garden in hell’. So do you imagine hell like this print?