Dame and Knight by Lu Flux

London fashion designer Lu Flux has launched her autumn/winter collection 2010, which features salvaged textiles and fairytale characters.

Called Dame and Knight, the collection is inspired by old British fables and features creatures such as dragons and lions.

Knitting, pleating, embroidery and patchwork are a few of the techniques used to transform discarded old fabrics into one-off contemporary pieces.

The designer reuses old and vintage pieces of clothing and fabric.

Here is some more information from Lu Flux:

Lu Flux fuses vintage qualities with a fun and conceptual modernity, refashioning old craft to produce playful, humorous, colourful and at times illusory garments.

Traditional techniques assume modern shapes where fabrics and patterns associated with delicacy and gentle beauty are presented in bold, sculptural forms.

Lu Flux gives redundant textiles a new lease of life by upcycling them into menswear and womenswear consequently celebrating the romance of the ‘one- off’.

In opposition to our modern throwaway culture something new comes from something old therefore reducing waste and excess production.

This collection’s themes lie in the folklore of Britain. Traditions still upheld today like South Queensferry’s Burry Man, the Whittlesea Straw Bear and the Garland King have shaped the amplified patchwork forms.

Embroidered jousters, dragons and lions intertwine swathes of floral inspired by the tapestries of Gerhard Munthe.

Exciting collaborations with London based artist Alex Chinneck and traditional cordwainers Green Shoes bring another dynamic to the collection and the gentle hues of muted coppers, plums and pink knits give the impression of having a more comical function than merely to keep warm.