Thursday, October 3, 2013
Margaret Howell's 2013 Beret Collection
Margaret Howell (1946) is a contemporary British clothing designer who has worked successfully in both men’s and women’s wear.
Howell has been a strong, if quiet, presence on the British design scene for nearly four decades. Keynote designs are her take on the shirt, gymslip, lace-up shoes, duffle coat and trench coat. Many have an androgynous quality underlined by a succession of carefully controlled photographic campaigns, these are shot on location in black and white and by sympathetic spirits such as Bruce Weber, Koto Bolofo, and Venetia Scott.
In 2006 Howell was asked to design uniforms for the staff of the Victoria & Albert Museum which are currently still in use.
In 2007 Howell was awarded a CBE for services to the fashion industry and was made a Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts.
My interest comes from the many berets, apparent in her 2013 autumn collection (called "the French Resistance look"). The British landscape is going to look better than ever before, this fall!