Fashion designers inspired by Witchcraft on the Isle of Man
Judith Hewitt, co-manager of the Museum, read an interesting piece in Grazia magazine recently. It looked at the inspiration for this season’s fashion collections and featured this text about the fashion house Preen and their current designs: “Preen…harked back to their beloved Isle of Man and…witches. That’s right…[they] sought inspiration in spells and 1970s hippy cults, ironically, introducing their prettiest collection to date.”
Here is a photo of one of the outfits (copyright of the photograph belongs to Grazia magazine) which comes with this text by one of the designers: “Thea and I wanted to draw inspiration from witchcraft and paganism that was practised in our native Isle of Man. The collection fused subcultural references…”
The Museum used to be on the Isle of Man and clearly its influence is still being felt (in new and creative ways!) Here are some images of the Witch’s Mill (as the Museum was called during its time amongst the Manx).
And an advert for the “Witch’s kitchen”…