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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 …

Parisian Insights: Anatomy of a Collection

The first major concept fashion curators come across while studying, is that of the relationships that exist between garments and bodies, thus wearers. It is a reflection that follows all professionals analyzing fashion history and how they could display it, enhancing or, on the contrary, denying its previous existence, that of a worn piece of clothing. I had written in my previous post how different …

A Postcard from Abroad: London HighLights

This week, in the UK, most people have returned to school or work so, in respect, our weather looks very autumnal with grey skies and the occasional showers. But, all is not what it seems.  The temperature is ridiculously warm, humid in fact.  Everywhere you go, there are exposed limbs and sandalled toes.  I keep wanting to eat salads and ice-creams while sneaking suspicious glances at my …

Review: Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu

It is not often that I walk into an exhibition space and get goosebumps. The current exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu,  is one of those few shows that make you feel a sense of something deeper to the objects on display.  Working with mainly historical objects as part of my day job at Auckland Museum, it is very refreshing to see a …

A Postcard from Abroad: Duro Olowu and Nicola Thorp

This is my last post until September – time to take a little summer break! However, just before I go, here’s two interesting events during August that represent both the everyday and the out of the ordinary aspects of fashion and dress. Making and Unmaking is an exhibition drawing the work of over 70 artists spanning the last two centuries together with an emphasis on …

CFP: DisArt Fashion Show Artprize 2016

DisArt Fashion Show Artprize 2016: Call for Fashion Designers & Disabled Models to create art that alters people’s imaginations and cultural expectations Who: DisArt, devoted to changing perceptions about disabilities one work of art at a time, seeks submissions from fashion designers of ALL backgrounds of work that speaks to the disabled body. When: September 24, 2016 Where: DisArt Fashion Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan Submission guidelines: Title …

Socialist Fashion for Beginners: Modna i już! Moda w PRL-u

Guest contributor Dominika Łukoszek is a PhD graduate from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and freelance researcher. She is interested in fashion theory, fashion exhibitions and fashion history during the socialist period in Poland. Since February 2011, she has been also running a blog on fashion – Modologia (‘fashionology’). Vintage mania has many faces. In Poland it is the face of nostalgia for designs of …

Kōrero Kākahu: Jealous Saboteurs

It seems fitting that for my last post for this wonderful website that I come full circle and write about the same gallery I wrote about in my first post. City Gallery in Wellington is a long-time favourite of mine, and it has been a join having fashion as an entry point for looking at art exhibitions. The latest exhibition that drew me in has many …

Review: Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Words are powerful things.  Names create ideas about places and people.  They provide us with direction when it comes to the unfamiliar, the unknown. At the same time, they simplify the inherent complexity and variety that make up ‘somewhere’, ‘someone’, that is too far away to see for ourselves, which requires more time for us to engage and understand then a quick glance of an …

Parisian Insights: La Mode au Moyen Age

It must have been a very long time since I visited an interpretation museum, mostly keeping those pedagogic explorations for my childhood holidays. Yet I challenged my habits by discovering Paris’ Tour Jean Sans Peur’s display dedicated to Fashion in the Medieval Times. A 15th century tower, the Tour Jean Sans Peur now serves as an interpretative center in order to comprehend and reflect upon …

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