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The Art of In-Between

At first glance, The Art of In-Between (May 4 – September 4, 2017) exhibition, curated by Andrew Bolton, celebrates Comme des Garçons’ designer Rei Kawakubo for challenging western ideas of beauty. Yet, at second glance, a number of problems arise from the way in which the show relies on colonial references. Address contributor Emily McGuire visited the exhibition in New York …read more

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August fashion books

August fashion books take a global perspective on bodily identity signifiers. In her book Entanglement – The Secret Lives Of Hair, Emma Tarlo unravels the intriguing story of human hair and what it tells us about ourselves and society. With the help of leading thinkers in the field, Eternal Erasure questions the globalised material production, distribution and promotion of fashion, whilst Traces maps influences of migration on fashion. A new clothing related book in Bloomsbury’s successful Object Lesson series addresses veils …read more

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August fashion exhibitions

Yet another exhibition dedicated to building and maintaining the legacy of the house of Dior has opened, this time in Melbourne. Meanwhile The Museum for Lace and Fashion in Calais celebrates Christian Dior’s contemporary, Hubert de Givenchy. We have also included section towards the end titled ‘ALSO…’ that aims to highlight thought-provoking exhibitions that explore subjects beyond clothing …read more

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Mended scars

During a time when cheap new clothing is easily available, the lost art of mending is having a revival with diverse practices aiming to transform not only garments but the perceptions people have on repairing and restoring. Instead of seeing them as shameful, drawing on wide variety of examples, Address contributor Aïcha Abbadi suggests that mended scars should be celebrated as a tribute to craft and care as well as visible manifestations of histories …read more

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July fashion books

July fashion books record and address old world glamour and by-gone eras of style. Books about the fashion house Dior that celebrates its 70th anniversary and Lisa Fonssagrives, the most sought-after model in the 50’s and 60’s represent the height of femininity whilst Elizabeth Currie’s book explores fashion and masculinity in Renaissance Florence. Fashion in European Art shows how art can be used to understand the dress of yesteryears …read more

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July fashion exhibitions

In order to enjoy exhibitions that explore fashion and identity, you have to be either in London or Paris this July. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior, Musée des Arts Décoratifs is putting on a major display that maps the history of this storied fashion brand. The Fashion Space Gallery in London is exhibiting garments that are damaged, worn-out or made from textiles that have perished over time. Meanwhile, The Palais Galleria in Paris pays homage to Dalida whilst London’s White Cube explores the enduring influence of Surrealism through the work of more than fifty women artists …read more

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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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