SPITALFIELDS GAR­DENS

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Sarah Bur­ton’s spring col­lec­tion for Alexan­der McQueen ref­er­enced the flo­ral frock coats cre­ated by the Huguenot silk weavers who set­tled in Spitalfields, East Lon­don, in the 17th cen­tury, hav­ing es­caped re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion in France. The weavers of­ten ar­rived with lit­tle more than the clothes on their backs and the flower seeds and bulbs in their pock­ets, the lat­ter of which are said to have sold or scat­tered around the neigh­bor­hood. To­day, Spitalfields hosts a big fruit, veg­etable, and flower mar­ket, but be­hind the rows of ter­race houses there is an ar­ray of gar­dens filled with English sta­ples such as irises, for­get-me-nots, corn­flow­ers, English roses, lilies, and tulips—all of which cropped up on Bur­ton’s run­way.

A hid­den gar­den at 21 Wilkes Street, in East Lon­don

Alexan­der McQueen Spring/ Sum­mer ’16

Sarah Bur­ton

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