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Second life

Gathering common motivations that unite a broad range of practitioners, ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ -series aims to map alternative approaches to thinking, creating, presenting and discussing fashion. It provides an overview of recent developments in the discipline in order to integrate them into a new and more inclusive fashion system that encourages discussion. Instead of being suppressed, these alternatives broaden fashion’s spectrum of activities and help to provide a more complete understanding of the spirit of the time which fashion has always sought to reflect …read more

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June fashion books

June fashion books focus on fashion and the everyday. Terry Newman’s Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore examines fifty revered writers whose work and dress bears an idiosyncratic stamp influencing culture today whilst Giulia Pivetta’s book maps the history of women’s hairstyles. Social Psychology of Dress offers ways to make sense of the relationships between dress and human behaviour; and Amy Twigger Holroyd tells the story of creating and wearing homemade clothes …read more

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June fashion exhibitions

In June, two important designer-focused retrospectives will go on display in London – one about Balenciaga and the other about Anna Sui. Against these traditional showcases that one has come to expect when the subject is fashion, the other two exhibitions opening this month are more experimental and intriguing. At Textile Museum in Tilburg, The Netherlands, curators Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano bring attention to sustainability with their Earth Matters showcase. Olivier Saillard’s latest exhibit at Galleria del Costume of Palazzo Pitti focuses on ephemerality of fashion …read more

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Fast fashion disruption

Gathering common motivations that unite a broad range of practitioners, ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ -series aims to map alternative approaches to thinking, creating, presenting and discussing fashion. It provides an overview of recent developments in the discipline in order to integrate them into a new and more inclusive fashion system that encourages discussion. Instead of being suppressed, these alternatives broaden fashion’s spectrum of activities and help to provide a more complete understanding of the spirit of the time which fashion has always sought to reflect …read more

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with Ruby Hoette

For Ruby Hoette, our clothes materialise the social, cultural and emotional transactions that we experience in our everyday lives. As a curator, researcher, maker and convenor of the Fashion and Embodiment studio, part of the MA in Design: Extended Practice at Goldsmiths (UK), Ruby is fascinated with the construction of value and meaning through fashion. In this fourth installment for Fashion Unlearned, Address contributor Emily McGuire speaks with Ruby about her creative work and the role of education in promoting sustainable ways of making, engaging with and thinking about fashion …read more

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May fashion exhibitions

A number of exciting fashion exhibitions are opening in New York this month. Avant-garde, anti-fashion and clothing beyond style are the main themes that unit these showcases. Whilst Met’s Comme des Garcons exhibition is bound to dominate the headlines and to pull in spectators, it is worth paying a visit to fashion after Fashion at the Museum of Arts and Design along with Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at Brooklyn Museum for their more intriguing offering …read more

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Balenciaga in black

As part of our ongoing series of essays studying the intersection where colour and fashion meet, Address editor Johannes Reponen considers the significance of black in the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, following a visit to Balenciaga, L’oeuvre au noir exhibition, currently on display at Musée Bourdelle. …read more

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April fashion books

April fashion books focus on identity and the many ways it manifests itself in the contemporary world in clothing. The relationship between national identity and dress is explored in Delft Blue to Denim Blue: Contemporary Dutch Fashion and The Social Life of Kimono – Japanese Fashion Past and Present. The way in which identity is represented on social media is highlighted in Marko McPherson visual book titled Digital Girls: The Style of Fashion’s New Tribe …read more

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April fashion exhibitions

A number of ‘must-see’ fashion exhibition open this April. ModeMuseum offers a new perspective on the work of Martin Margiela’s by focusing on his tenure at Hermès from 1997 to 2003. Meanwhile, the Chatsworth stately home acts as a backdrop and the subject for an exhibition that uses fashion and clothing as its narrative tool. Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art marks the centennial of the fashion photographer Irving Penn’s birth …read more

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March fashion books

March is all about major coffee table tomes. Fashion photographer Erik Madigan Heck’s painterly images have been brought together into a charming collection, whilst Richard Avedon’s fascination with France is documented through photographs, selected interviews, letters, publications, and writings. Two recent exhibitions held in Paris focusing on Yves Saint Laurent’s scandalous 1971 collection and 300 years of past fashions have been turned into handsome catalogues …read more

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March fashion exhibitions

Juxtapositions and bodies are the central themes running through all the fashion exhibitions opening this month. Fashion designer JW Anderson has curated an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield that combines sculpture and fashion as a way to examine human form. The same approach has been employed at the Musée Bourdelle where Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work is on display. Artists Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun work has been placed in dialogue at the National Portrait Gallery in London to highlight their interest in gender and performance. …read more

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January fashion books – colour special

This year, Address will be publishing a series of essays exploring the relationship between colour and fashion. To celebrate this, we selected three recently published books that reveal the politics, economics, culture and beauty underneath a spectrum of hues. …read more

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