Andre Walker, the Met Costume Institute, and Pendleton

A Beautiful Exhibit

Hallway leading to the American Style exhibit at the Met Costume Institute, photo courtesy Artnet

In 2018, we worked with iconic designer Andre Walker to provide fabrics for recreations of some of his most iconic styles. Pieces from this collection are part of an important new exhibit on American style at the Met Costume Institute.

According to Artnet News

One of Andre Walker's designs, featured in the exhibit, using Pendleton's Glacier National Park stripe fabric. Photo courtesy Artnet.

The exhibition, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, is based around the concept of a patchwork quilt, with each square representing a feeling that corresponds to the spirit of a particular garment or runway collection. Feelings like warmth and comfort are visualized through a blanket-coat that Andre Walker designed with Pendleton Woolen Mills, paying homage to the Oregon-based company that was founded in 1863, and Oscar de la Renta’s floral-festooned dresses—over the years favored by Taylor Swift and Wintour herself—represent joy and delight.

We are extremely proud to be part of this exhibit!

More Information

See more featured designs and read the feature here: Artnet News

Read about our 2018 work with Andre here: Pendleton on the Runway

Pendleton on the Runway with Andre Walker for Paris Fashion Week

Andre Walker

Pendleton recently had the opportunity to work with renowned designer Andre Walker on a collection for Paris Fashion Week. Andre has an outstanding track record with fashion press and retailers. Every time he launches a collection, the fashion world swoons.

Andre Walker smiles for the camera.

Andre, like Pendleton, is American. He is known for his freeform, hand-cut designs, described by the New York Times as, “His coats and jackets eel around the body, wrapping, tying or buttoning.” His designs have generated a tremendous amount of excitement since he staged his first show at a New York nightclub when he was just fifteen years old.

Andre worked with Willi Smith in the 80s. With his own label, he won the prestigious ANDAM fashion prize in 2000. He created outstanding work for Comme des Garcons under his And Re Walker label in the 2010s, and worked as a consultant for Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton in the years since.

Andre and Pendleton

We met him Andre in person at our New York showroom during Press Week last spring, and then came home and hustled to get him various weights and colors of our USA-woven wool fabrics. We sent fabrics in a variety of weaves and textures, and Glacier National Park blankets.

Andre transformed our textiles into recreations of his androgynous one-sized designs. The 21 looks Walker showed were based on pieces he designed between 1982 and 1986. He reclaimed long-lost looks from friends and collectors the world over to use for patterning. The show was held on the steps of the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris, and generated fantastic press.

It was awesome to work with Andre. He is absolutely the sweetest person ever, so sincere and authentic with an amazing design sense.

Additional Mentions

See all the looks here: VOGUE RUNWAY

Learn more about Andre’s background here: NEW YORK TIMES 

We were so excited to make the Top Ten Moments of Paris Fashion Week here: New York Times

A terrific piece on process and design: i-D Magazine

One of our favorite pieces here: DOCUMENT JOURNAL

And another terrific article here: L’O

More shots here: WWD

All runway shots by Shoji Fujii