Friday, July 8

nigel cabourn A/W2011

All info below via Nigel Cabourn's site. There is a ton there. #wheelhouse.
Autumn Winter 2011 collection is an in-depth look at the clothing worn by the British Military during World War 1. The key pieces are inspired by those styles worn by King George V and his son Edward VIII.

During The Great War the troops fought under the most extreme and volatile conditions. Garments needed to be tough and durable in order to keep the battle weary troops warm and dry and offer some comfort in the harsh, black environment.

Traditional fabrics, such as wool and cotton, were soaked in wax to weatherproof the fabric and allow the garments to resist the elements. Knitwear made from Shetland wool provided the men comfort as well as an extra layer of insulation. Wool jackets had large bellowed pockets to carry supplies and were strategically placed for easy access.

British fabrics such as Raw Wool, Harris Tweed, which is celebrating its 100 years this season, Antique Sheepskin and Fairisle Knits set a rich foundation for this collection. Colours include Army Green, British Tan, and Charcoal Blue in order that the garments more truly reflect the camouflage tones worn by soldiers in The Great War.

The lower pieces are The King George Coat. Blue one looks nails.
The top half of this double-breasted coat is made with Mackintosh, a waterproof cotton made by bonding 2 layers of cotton fabric together with a rubber solution, and the bottom half is made with recycled wool. The use of the 2 fabrics was purely for function; the top half was to keep dry, the bottom was to keep the core warm. The slanted map pocket was strategically placed to allow easy access to maps and papers, which was typically found on dispatcher’s jackets during the war. The bellowed pockets on the bottom of the jacket are convenient for holding multiple objects.
-via NigelCabourn