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London-based textile designer Helen Amy Murray wears a white leather pencil skirt adorned with one of her favorite patterns — long-stem roses.
When we met Helen Amy Murray in her London studio, we couldn’t refrain from tracing with our fingers the elaborate designs on her sculpted leather fabrics. So luscious were they, so detailed, that we decided to see if rather than just covering furniture they could also be used to dress a woman.
For ten years, Murray’s eponymous label has produced sculpted textiles that figure onto her furniture, wall coverings, rugs, and other items. We saw right away that her fabrics are a marriage of contrasts — light and shadow, masculine and feminine, hard and soft — created through a unique sculpting technique. From bolts of leather, silk, suede, and felt emerge three-dimensional flowers, birds, and structured geometrics whose shapes change depending on lighting and the angle from which they are viewed.
MILIEU wanted to see how well these elements play on a wearable work of art: a skirt in the same white leather and pattern of long-stem roses Murray created to upholster a vintage love seat.
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WRITTEN BY SUZANNE LEVERT
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