1.6.11

EXHIBITIONS WORTH GETTING OUT OF TOWN FOR

Having realised that I am probably not going to get to any of the exhibitions currently on my hit list, I thought I would share them with you in case you can get to see them.

1. At the top of the list is McQueen’s “jaw dropping” retrospective ‘Savage Beauty’, showing in New York. This time ever year, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art host a key fashion exhibition, and this year, only sixteen months after his death, it’s a celebration of Alexander McQueen’s contribution to fashion.

The though of seeing McQueen’s collections all under one roof, makes me slightly wet myself.  Not only was he incredible at translating ideas of nature and identity into beautiful and unusual garments, he was the master at creating captivating environments that bought his collections to life. No pressure MOMA curators!

Unlike other designers, McQueen often began a collection with a runway concept instead of starting with cloth or a ‘look’ (so to speak). It was this obsession with execution and showmanship—on top of his exceptional craftsmanship—that made him such a respected and eagerly anticipated designer.

From what I have seen (thank you internet) the curation looks impeccable.  If you want read more about the curation, click here, for a transcript from the curator, Andrew Bolton, the man who did McQueen justice.




2. Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage And The Making Of Contemporary Fashion is the second exhibition on my hit list. Curated by the British Council, Reconstruction focuses on seven International designers who all live in London but have links to wider communities and cultures.

The exhibition kicked-off in Kazakhstan last month and will also be visiting Russia, Uzbekistan and 2 other countries (possibly more) where ‘cultural heritage’ is currently particularly relevant. The exhibition showcases the likes of Peter Jensen, Vivienne Westwood, Marios Schwab, Sophia Kokosalaki and my personal favourite Hussein Chalayan.  Each of the designers work is very different, however they all explore elements of personal or cultural heritage to create contemporary garments.

The exhibition route is particularly interesting.  The British Council has chosen unexpected countries, countries that are not typically associated with 'International fashion', to highlight and pull apart cultural influences.  Having worked for Osman Yousefzada, the seventh designer, I know that his Afghanistan roots heavily influence his work, and can imagine that the London / Afghan dichotomy, in a Russian environment, is rather interesting.



3. Exhibition number three is ‘When Tommy Met Anna’, showing in Toronto’s Hudson Bay.  It’s a collection of photographs of Anna Dello Russo, Japanese Vogue’s eccentric editor. All the photo were shot by the renowned fashion photographer and blogger Tommy Ton who has hugely influenced Anna Dello Russo’s iconic status.



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