Manteco deadstock fabrics in "Marie Antoinette Goes to Liverpool" by PATRICK McDOWELL
Inspired by his own upbringing in Liverpool
Patrick McDowell used Manteco® deadstock fabrics to drew parallels between the excess and opulence of French royalty and the women of Liverpool that the designer grew up watching peacock around town.
Patrick McDowell has set out to draw parallels between his Liverpudlian heritage and the world of French royalty taking inspiration from the opulence and overindulgence of Marie Antoinette, and the women of Liverpool that Patrick grew up watching peacock around his hometown. Combining the brand’s signature ‘PX’ logo with the ‘LET THEM EAT CAKE’ slogan McDowell reinvents the imperial French flag through the vision of the collection’s concept, infusing French couture with Liverpool staples, such as the tracksuit and the ball gown. The collection draws upon pastel tones in an ode to Marie Antoinette’s preference towards colours representing youth and femininity combined with strong accents of chartreuse and noir. McDowell experiments with varying proportions of basqued waists and bouffant skirts, blending classic silhouettes with contemporary Liverpudlian twists. Playing with volume and proportion whilst juxtaposing suits and corsets to bring these classic design features into a modern age, McDowell presents his vision unencumbered by gendered constraints. The prints from this collection have been created from family pictures of Patrick, his Mother and Grandmother in their childhood years, drawing on the element of personal storytelling that is integral to McDowell’s design practice and reflecting on these childhood memories which Marie herself held so dear.
McDowell’s design philosophy remains true to a sustainable practice, working solely with recycled and sustainable materials.
Manteco® has provided MWool® fabrics
Each piece was designed and made in London with a low carbon footprint in mind, and will be available on a made to order limited basis following the show on McDowell’s newly designed website. As ever, avoiding overproduction and creating long lasting, emotionally connected garments that fit the client perfectly is the core aim of the McDowell brand with this collection as no exception.
“Making collections that are deeply personal is a labour of love. I feel like a part of me is inside each and everyone of these pieces. As ever, I have doubled down on what fashion means to me, who I am and where I come from. I’ve created a dream world of sustainable fantasy that captures the essence of peacock dressing for now. Growing up watching the scouse women around me get dressed up to go out and noticing how similar this felt to the writings about the court at versailles lead me to imagine a fictional past where Marie escaped the guillotine and ran away to Liverpool ”
Who is PATRICK McDOWELL?
A designer who strives to reinvent luxury through a sustainable mindset and moral practices.
PATRICK McDOWELL is an independent sustainable brand based in the heart of London. Founded in 2018 by designer Patrick McDowell, the brand has solidified itself as a leading voice on the global fashion stage as pioneer leading the way in sustainable innovation. After graduating from the prestigious Central Saint Martins, McDowell has strived to reinvent the role of a fashion designer as we know it today. Showcasing his debut collection at London Fashion Week, the designer has since captivated the industry whilst gaining the recognition of titans who share Patrick’s vision for redesigning and creating an accessible, circular Fashion industry that creativity can flourish within. In 2019, Anna Wintour nominated Patrick for the Stella McCartney Today for Tomorrow Award. In 2020, Patrick became a Global Ambassador for Graduate Fashion Foundation. Later that year he received a nomination for a British Fashion Award from the British Fashion Council. At the beginning of 2021, he was appointed Sustainability Design Director of the Italian womenswear brand Pinko and Sustainability Ambassador for Professor Jimmy Choo’s newly founded JCA academy, before moving his own studio into the academy as Designer in Residence in 2022. Patrick McDowell’s three founding pillars are: Support people and the planet, Uplift the Queer community and Nurture Creative education.