International Exhibits

Sue Timney and the Design of Timney-Fowler

Through April 25, 2011

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Sue Timney is the celebrated designer whose company, Timney-Fowler, is best known for its distinctive graphic black and white imagery. It is also one of a rare breed of design companies whose work flows effortlessly between fashion and interiors.

Timney left the Royal College of Art in 1979 after which she formed Timney-Fowler with Grahame Fowler. Sue and Grahame collaborated with designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg, producing fashion and fabric concepts for their labels.

2010 is the 30th anniversary of Timney-Fowler and will be marked by an exhibition at the FTM – a retrospective of both Sue’s career as a designer and her work with Timney-Fowler, featuring some unique and exclusive material in an exciting, bold display developed in collaboration with Sue.  The exhibition will explore the history and themes of this world-recognised design firm. It will be a real experience for the senses and will bring the FTM alive including a wall of fabrics and samples; furniture; and scarves and shirts bearing her distinctive designs. It will be a must for anyone interested in the artistic design process.

Sue Timney’s client list appeals to fellow creatives and includes such names as Ringo Starr, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Billy Connelly, Paul Smith, Elton John, Betty Jackson, Duro Olowu and Stella McCartney. 

There will be a new book, published by Pointed Leaf Press as a monograph, accompanying the exhibition.

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Les années 1990-2000: Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine vol. II 

Through May 8, 2011

Musée des Arts décoratifs (Mode et Textile), Paris

After the unrestrained creation of the previous, festive, flashy decades, the socio-political events of the 90s and 2000s prompted radical changes. The focus was no longer on the body itself but its identity. There was also an intense professionalization of the sector. In what was now regarded as “the fashion industry”, artistic directors took control of major couture houses increasingly organised into luxury goods monopolies. 

One hundred and fifty designs, selected from the most emblematic collections, recreate the universes of the designers who contributed to these movements through their approach, stylistic experimentation and relationship to the profession, forging an often subtle and sometimes violent mixture of traditional craftsmanship and industry. The leading representatives of the various ‘schools’ – Belgian, British, urban, minimalist, haute couture, independent – all explored a particular passion and savoir-faire. With each collection, either paying tribute to their predecessor or establishing themselves as the figurehead of an emerging movement, these designers asserted their originality in increasingly elaborate shows. 

Among the emblematic designers represented: Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Helmut Lang

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Stephen Jones and the Accent of Fashion

Through February 13, 2011

Mode Museum, Antwerp


From 8 September 2010 until 13 February 2011, the MoMu–Fashion Museum in Antwerp will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of British milliner Stephen Jones. This autumn, Jones celebrates the 30th anniversary of his House, Stephen Jones Millinery. We are pleased to mark that anniversary with an exceptional exhibition. The MoMu–Fashion Museum houses the largest collection of Stephen Jones hats – more than 120 items – outside Great Britain, thanks to a long-term loan by the Antwerp private collectors, Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels.

The exhibition Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion guides you through the unique world of a hatmaker who has worked with many of the greatest names in the international fashion scene for three decades: Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Comme des Garçons, Claude Montana, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Azzedine Alaïa,Walter Van Beirendonck, Marc Jacobs, and many more. Stephen Jones plays a unique behind-the-scenes role in fashion because of the unparalleled freedom he is given by designers, allowing his work to influence the image of a collection. Just as accents in language lead to the correct reading and rhythm of a text, Jones’s hats add the appropriate punctuation to a designer’s fashion statement.

As well as Stephen Jones’s numerous collaborations with designers, the exhibition also looks more closely at his work in film, music and photography, his early years in the London of the New Romantics, his unique relationship with fashion icon Anna Piaggi, his design process and the sources of inspiration behind his creations.

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Thank you to The Fashion & Textile Museum, Musée de La Mode et du Textile, and MOMU for this information!

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