Opening on 21 April at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is the exhibition “Fashioned from nature”, a medley of clothes and jewellery inspired by nature or created with natural materials retrieved from scrap or from derivatives obtained with new environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes: they have been designed to invite one to reflect on the creative processes of fashion and on the origins of our clothing. The event shows how nature has been, and is still, a source of inspiration for highly-prized, imaginative creations – at times macabre, like the feather earrings formed as little birds’ heads, but also ethical, such as the elegant wine-coloured dress made of Vegea, a material derived from by-products of the grape-harvest. Another fashionable item is the trousers crocheted with scrap yarns. Stella McCartney, as a long-standing champion of ecological and ethical fashion that does not use animal skins and who, in collaboration with the Californian firm Bolt Threads, recently developed a protein fibre that imitates spider silk, presents clothes with figurative prints of white horses prancing in uncontaminated natural surroundings. The exhibition shows how “naturalism”, whether printed or embroidered, is one of the recurring themes in fashion and how one can create ethical garments without giving up on aesthetic appeal, inventing processes and shapes that are suitable for turning even waste products from the food industry into high-class materials – such as Vegea or Orange Fiber, used in a series of scarves by Ferragamo.