For her Autumn/Winter 2019 collection designer Jane Daniels turned to her love of travel for inspiration once again. “On the edge of the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia lie the Mogao Caves,” says Daniels. “As the Eastern gateway to the fabled Silk Road, this area once teemed with grand caravans of camels, sometimes 10,000 strong, laden with silks, spices and exotic treasures. The hundreds of caves were hewn from the sandstone cliff and painted with frescoes by Buddhist monks from as early as the fourth century.”
Daniels says the vibrant colour of the Magao Caves was particularly inspiring. “Calligraphic shapes and old silk banknotes – beautiful artworks in themselves – plus old floral embroideries, gave me inspiration as did local costumes with their unusual curved seams and metal closures. Most of all, the antique patchwork assembly robes of Buddhist monks I saw in Xiâ€™an were so unusual and fresh to me, that I wanted to interpret them into design concepts for this collection. I had a great treasure trove to draw from,” Daniels says.
Take a look at our favourite pieces from the Silk Road collection in the gallery below and shop the collection online here.