BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 06 April '16

Historic art inspires fashion for the future in the 2016 H&M Conscious Exclusive collection

H&M has collaborated with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris, to celebrate the new H&M Conscious Exclusive collection.

Fashion forward

This beautiful new range, inspired by the archives of the museum, will be launched on Thursday 7 April to coincide with the opening of the hotly anticipated exhibition, Fashion forward – Three centuries of fashion (1715-2016).

The exhibition, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ fashion collection, will bring together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today.

H&M has also revealed that Parisian art director, style maven and sustainability champion Julia Restoin Roitfeld will be the face of the campaign.

‘I am honoured to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think that the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is brilliant. Especially since it is made with innovative and sustainable materials which are the future of fashion.’

JULIA RESTOIN ROITFELD
Face of the Conscious Exclusive collection

Recycled materials

For this Conscious Exclusive collection the H&M design team has worked closely with the museum, finding inspiration from its collections of archival fashions as well as the work of artists such as Gustave Moreau.

The outcome is a glamorous line of modern red carpet pieces ‘infused with tactile charm, a nostalgic aesthetic and a historical legacy’.

‘With this collection we brought the idea of sustainability to new levels. Working with new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite, a material made from recycled worn-out denim. We have created contemporary styles imbued with a sophisticated charm.’

ANN-SOFIE JOHANSSON
Creative Advisor at H&M

H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition which will include selected styles from the H&M archives, including a look from the first ever H&M designer collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 and one silhouette from the new Conscious Exclusive collection.

The complete collection, featuring clothing and accessories for women, will be available from Thursday 7 April in around 180 stores worldwide and online.

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