A fashion collection inspired and created in the town has graced one of the world’s most famous catwalks.
Artist and fashion designer Andrea Zapp has come up with a collection of silk dresses, ties and scarves inspired by the textiles and machinery at Macclesfield’s Paradise Mill.
And last week the quirky designs, which were also printed and manufactured by RA Smart’s in Bollington, were showcased at London’s prestigious Fashion Week.
Now the designs have returned to the Silk Museum at Park Lane, which exhibited Andrea’s collection ahead of its London debut.
And this time visitors can buy a piece of the collection, picking up a designer tie or scarf, with couture dresses made to order.
Rose Smith, event coordinator at Macclesfield Silk Museums which will sell the designs, said: “The designs are really striking and quite unusual the way they zoom in on small details.
“They are something completely different for the museum.”
Lucinda McKay, the Silk Museums’ retail manager, said: “We are really excited about having Andrea’s work here.
“The designs are really high quality contemporary images of the automated Jacquard looms and show the beginning of the automation process.
“The colours are fantastic too.”
She added: “What I particularly like about them is the juxtaposition between the high quality contemporary digital images of traditional silk industry related artefacts.”
The Paradise Mill Collection, which are the Manchester designer’s recently launched fashion label AZ.andreazapp, highlights the rich heritage and settings of historic silk manufacture and Macclesfield’s Paradise Mill in their prints and textures’ by contrasting bold structural forms and shapes against the delicate silk.
Apart from London Fashion Week, the collection has been shown at the Scoop International Fashion Show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and at the Fashion Scout Showroom in Paris.
The designs will also be offered to department store Selfridges for Spring 2016, where AZ is currently launching as a new designer.
Ties retail at £75 with scarves costing £120.
Dresses are made to order.
For more information go to andreazapp.com.