Corrie Nielsen is hailed across the globe as one of the most talented couturiers of our generation. Having previously worked with Vivienne Westwood, and being chosen by John Galliano as the winner of the 2010 Fashion Fringe competition, expectations are high each year to see how she re-invents couture in her signature Elizabethan style.
Her studio, buried within the vaults of Somerset House, is a shrine to Tudor costume and relics of her own heritage; born in America, Nielsen is fascinated by European history and this season she has concentrated her inspirations on her Scottish heritage. Vestiarium Scoticum was a Medieval Scottish guide on how to dress which was considered very controversial at the time, and is cited as this season’s influence on Nielsen’s breathtaking collection, of the same name.
Her signature embellishments, such as the conical high-neck shirts, swaths of netting, and elaborate bustles, are still in place, but now they adorn tartan creations of traditional red and modern monochrome, in dresses, pencil skirts and wide-leg trousers. True to the Corrie Nielsen style, pieces were dramatic, romantic, and exciting, particularly the closing outfits which features oversized skirts and elaborate coats. Nielsen has never been shy of fabric and this season boated voluminous floor-sweeping capes, ruffled hoods, and drapery fit for a Scottish Tudor King. Outfits were topped off with long feather hats and models wore flat squared shoes by United Nude.