Edward Crutchley believes that the Bridgerton effect is still alive and well. He has 18th-century-inspired period dresses that will be opening and closing his spring/summer 2022 collections during London Fashion Week.
This collection was filled with memorable moments. Not just the dramatic gowns that were destined for a royal ball but also the opulent contemporary pieces that they accompanied, like an oversized cloque jacket with lurex brocade sleeves frills and mini skirt.
Crutchley drew inspiration from the queer culture in London in 1720s and updated the concept of 18th century opulence with regal Bronze Jacquards and sleeve frills. He also used fleur de lis print and brocade to modernize the idea of 18th-century opulence. Contemporary loose tailoring includes donkey-jackets and flares as well as muscle vests and sweater dresses and even a hand rhinestoned Leotard.
Every piece was exquisite, both in design and in fabrication. The bronze-glinting leaf pattern jacquards were matched with knitwear by Knitup in Hong Kong, which is a knitwear design platform that uses a technology-first approach.
Crutchley is also the director of fabric at Dior Men. He has a reputation for pushing the limits with his craftsmanship. This season, he was focused on sustainable practices. Crutchley used traceable merino and recycled polyester for the bespoke embroidery.
Crutchley shared a list of queer fashion and culture readings, and also detailed out the fabrics and where they were made in his show notes.
Watch the full SS22 Edward Crutchley fashion show below.