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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, …

Dressing Up with Others: Instagram Recommendations

I was going to post an exhibition review but realised that it would probably fall by the wayside, given how much attention will be paid to the US election results. Rather than compete with the momentous political event currently taking place, I will leave my review until later this month. It seems more appropriate to remain an observer at this point, to enable both myself …

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: Fashion Forward – Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)

Each time a fashion exhibition opens somewhere in the world, the great and timeless debate concerning the legitimacy of such displays is questioned. Does fashion deserve to be in museums? Is fashion, art? Are fashion blockbuster exhibitions purely mercantile? When are exhibitions intelligent versus commercial? I must say, I usually apprehend these debates because as an art and fashion historian and curator, to me there …

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 …

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