LONDON — A few weeks before her London Fashion Week show, scheduled for Sunday, the prizewinning fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner was wandering around a show of a different kind at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery here.
Titled “A Time for New Dreams,” it was full of photographs, sculpture, sound, film and even a shrine-like meditation space, and had been curated by Ms. Wales Bonner and the gallery staff, conceived as a kind of backdrop to her coming fall collection show.
Understand the one, she suggested, and you would have a better understanding of the other. For anyone trying to answer the perennial question of “where in the world did that designer come up with that idea?” the exhibition is effectively a primer on a fashion creative process.
“It’s important that there is no hierarchy between practices,” said the 28-year-old, who was wearing a Céline skirt (old Céline) and a shirt of her own design as she walked through the space, explaining how the exhibits by, or about, her literary and artistic heroes inspired her work.