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Parisian Insights: Tenue Correcte Exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale

There must be something in the air that pushes curators to explore themes of vulgarity, shocking, taste and scandal in fashion. Maybe because of our political contexts, is there an urge to remind spectators how a “revolution” can be imperative…Besides Judith Clark’s The Vulgar, Fashion Redefined, at the Barbican, in London, was proposed, here, in Paris, an exhibition dedicated to what has been considered scandalous …

Parisian Insights: Mode & Femmes – 14/18

Rarely has World War I been studied through the prism of fashion and femininity. It is often as if, from 1914 to 1918, civil life had been suspended. Maud Bass-Krueger and Sophie Kurkdjian, the two curators of the Mode & Femmes – 14/18 exhibition held at the Bibliothèque Forney, in Paris, have decided to demonstrate how different reality was. With numerous documents and various garments …

Parisian Insights: L’Elégance Engagée by M/B at the Galeries Lafayette

Exhibitions and artistic displays are nothing new in stores. The ever-so lasting ‘art meets commerce’ debate is revived every time art hits shops, runways or window displays as well as when fashion brands take part to the artistic world through foundations, galleries or sponsorship. When it comes to fashion as a patrimonial/curatorial tool, the boundaries are slightly more blurred because today, curated fashion has become …

Parisian Insights: A Happy Artistic Year!

A new year is beginning and thus comes an array of new exhibitions announced for 2017, in Paris…Quite an eclectic panorama with a spotlight on foreign cultures and designers. At the end of 2016, opened Tenue Correcte Exigée: Quand le Vêtement Fait Scandale, at the Arts Décoratifs. An exhibition that clearly echoes that of the Barbican, The Vulgar. What Parisians have preferred to analyse here, …

Review: The Vulgar Fashion Redefined at Barbican Art Gallery, London

According to an interview with Judith Clarke and Adam Phillips, creators of the new exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, at London’s Barbican Art Gallery, the term ‘vulgar’ needs to be reclaimed, brought back into critical discussion within historical and cultural debates on fashionable dress[1]. Too often, they suggest, ‘vulgar’ is used without explanation and, in doing so, has established itself as a pejorative measure of …

Parisian Insights: Herb Ritts

There are some photographers that are closely linked to a certain 1990s glamour and sensuality – Herb Ritts is one of them. In an exhibition that has just closed its doors at the MEP (Musée Européen de la Photographie), the photographer’s work was  meticulously analyzed, from his iconic celebrity and fashion portraits to his musical videos and his African memorabilia. With Herb Ritts it’s a …

Parisian Insights: Barbie at the Arts Décoratifs

I used to spend hours playing with my Barbie dolls as a child and young teenager, dressing them up, undressing them, making them celebrate parties, go to the beach, fall in love and even suffer from terrible accidents (why do children always have this thing with making their toys endure the most tragic events?)…When I heard about the Arts Décoratifs’s exhibition dedicated to the famous …

Exhibition Review: Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay

This month’s post is on one of my favourite fashion designers from New Zealand, Gus Fisher, whose beautiful garments I have come across many times during my work in various museums around the country. Gus Fisher, the man behind the label El Jay, was a leading figure in New Zealand’s fashion for over 50 years. Over his long career, along with his wife Irene,  they …

No Clothes in Utopia?

The word ‘utopia’ refers to an imagined state of perfection, a hopeful future, the opposite of what could go wrong with the present world. First mentioned in a text with the same title by Thomas More in 1516, it describes an island where people have no need for fashion because everyone is involved in making their own clothes from the production of cloth, such as …

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