This autumn, Victoria Beckham’s flagship Mayfair store will host an installation of work by Emily Young -
hailed as Britain’s greatest living stone sculptor.
The latest in a series of artist collaborations at the store, the installation picks up the conversation
between Victoria Beckham’s apparel and Young’s jewellery, first sparked at the Victoria Beckham Autumn
Winter 17 Ready-to-Wear show in February. A selection of Young’s small sculptures - skilfully adapted
into jewellery and exclusively represented by the Louisa Guinness Gallery – decorated looks worn on
Victoria Beckham’s New York catwalk. This jewellery, as well as the clothing it adorned, will be for sale
at the brand’s 36 Dover Street store and showcased alongside a curated edit of Young’s larger works,
represented by Bowman Sculpture.
Carved by hand using traditional techniques, each work accentuates the natural energy and beauty
of the stone. Elaborating on the process of creating wearable sculpture, Young explains:
“I started to make the jewellery because I had little tiny offcuts from larger pieces of very beautiful stones
which I didn’t want to waste. They often already had beautiful accidental shapes: little torsos, or heads,
and I thought - if I just tidy these up a bit, refine them, they could be tiny portable sculptures. The large
pieces that I make and these small pieces all come from the same place: from the detritus of the natural
world, often formed over hundreds of millions of years ago. To wear one of these pieces on your body
seems a particularly easy way of being in touch with the beauty of the earth, it’s geology, its delicacy,
Whilst Young’s sculptures mediate on the memory and the history of our planet, Victoria Beckham’s
AW17 Ready-to-Wear collection considers her own heritage in the context of a changing landscape.
Using quintessentially British fabrics such as tartan and houndstooth in classic menswear tailoring,
the collection evokes a sense of comfort and familiarity.
‘When the world seems uncertain and complicated, you want clothes that make you feel secure and
strong. My Autumn Winter collection was about beautifully crafted clothes made for reality, and a real
woman’s life. Emily Young’s jewellery fitted perfectly with this idea. The pieces we used in the show are
almost like found objects - they blur the line between sculpture and adornment. I’m really thrilled to have
the opportunit y to showcase them, and other works by Emily, at my Dover Street store.’ –Victoria Beckham
Emily Young’s work is on display at 36 Dover Street from 15th September - 13th October 2017, coinciding
with Frieze London over 5th - 8th October. All works on display will be available for purchase.
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