After getting giddy from gushing over the abstract-art of the first room, you enter the main event space dripping in a retrospective of Missoni's delicate collections. Each mannequin has a composition of patterned pieces that are all separate identities in their own right but come together as one complete identifiable aesthetic. Tapestries line the walls as a backdrop palette of yet more knitwear technique and ingenuity. Fragments of samples and sketchbook experiments are all on show to give further insight into the origins of the signature stripes. Its explained perfectly in a quote by Luca Missoni:
"I would like to describe visually the fascination of a creative process that leads to the physical transformation of material. It s the mystique of colour taking shape. There is experimentation, the repetitive process of infinite research, the obsession that builds experience. It is the art of creating a fabric."
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF