November fashion exhibitions

Los Angeles based fashion label Rodarte is the focus of the first fashion exhibition mounted by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. Disliked by The Washington Post Fashion Critic Robin Givhan for its lack of substance, the exhibition features catwalks looks from the brands collections since it was founded in 2005. Meanwhile, fashion, textiles and art collide in a more substantive manner at Cultural Threads and Dress Code exhibitions …read more

September fashion exhibitions

Identity as a theme underpins all the exhibitions opening this month. At Fondazione Prada in Milan, African American identity is examined with a display of images from Ebony and Jet magazines from the 1940s onwards. At Magnum Print Room in London, an exhibition titled Collaborative Portraiture explores collaboration and control in portraiture of women, through the work of three women Magnum photographers. The polarising, politicises and gendered colour pink gets its own exhibition at The FIT in New York …read more

New Mentorship

Awards granted for ‘young designers’, mentorship schemes and sponsorships intended to kick start the careers of budding designers are increasingly being questioned in light of recent scandals but also for their elitist and often insincere nature that now seem incredibly dated in the face of the changing fashion industry.  But in what way can young entrepreneurs and creatives be supported? As part of the on-going ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ series, Aïcha Abbadi explores the ethos behind the ‘New Mentorship’ and some of the innovative examples that best capture this …read more

‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’ exhibition

Braided hair decorated with ribbons and flowers, supple fringed shawls atop colourful embroidered blouses, generous A-lined skirts with ruffled hems… The look of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, often inspired by traditional Mexican dress, is recognisable around the world. A new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, on display until November 4th, explores the complexity of Kahlo and her elaborate outfits …read more

August fashion books

Teaching Fashion Studies makes a contribution to fashion pedagogy by offering a practical guidance to educators about the topic. Elizabeth L. Krause’s Tight Knit and Joan DeJean’s The Queen’s Embroiderer examine the the high and low end of fashion production – the first offering a critical look at the effects of capitalism and globalisation on the fashion industry and the latter a more human-cantered narrative about craft and labour.  Styling South Asian Youth Cultures broadens the the otherwise euro-centric field of fashion studies …read more

August fashion exhibitions

Normally, August is a quite month for exhibition openings, however this month sees the start of three of the most exiting displays so far this year. New York design duo Eckhaus Latta have created three installations for Whitney that explore desire, social relations, and consumption. Photographer Viviane Sassen whose work belongs to the surrealist tradition has her work on display at Hepworth Wakefield. DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics features the work of artists who have used drag to explore or question identity, gender, class and politics …read more

‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ exhibition

Split across three venues of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition examines fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism by juxtaposing pieces of clothing and fashion looks with religious artefacts. Address contributor Kate Sekules visited the exhibition …read more

July fashion exhibitions

This month is all about fashion photography. Catwalk photographer Chris Moore is celebrated at The Bowes Museum with an exhibition based on his recently published book. Meanwhile, one of the leading contemporary fashion photographers, Collier Schorr, is staging exhibition that explores the representation of body. Getty Centre attempts to compile the canon of fashion photography by exhibiting key images taken in between 1911–2011 …read more

‘Fashioned from Nature’ exhibition

Fashioned from Nature attempts to address the aesthetic and material relationship fashion has with nature whilst exploring broader concepts such as ethical consumption, textile innovation and design thinking in creating a sustainable future between the two. Natalia Romagosa visited the display in London …read more

June fashion exhibitions

V&A is set to lure in big visitor numbers with their Frida Kahlo exhibitions that includes fashion, art and objects belonging to the artist. Sustainability is on the agenda at Museum at FIT with Fashion Unraveled that looks at how mending, repurposing and deconstruction has been applied as a design approach. Print! Tearing It Up that focuses on independent magazines is a must-see for lovers of printed matter …read more

May fashion exhibitions

Many of the major museums are gearing towards the summer with exhibitions that are sure to bring in the visitors. The Met’s annual spring exhibition is a dialogue between Catholicism and fashion featuring rarely seen group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican.  In London, The Design Museum is hosting an exhibition about the work of Azzedine Alana conceived by the designer before his death last year. Meanwhile, Orla Kiely’s pattern rich body of work is on display at the Fashion and Textile Museum …read more

with Caryn Franklin

Caryn Franklin (MBE) is a disruptive fashion lover. In an industry stereotyped by dramatic, Prada bag-wielding divas and sad-looking models, Caryn’s fierce optimism and good-natured spirit shows that sassy attitudes are not only uncool, but unhealthy too. As the former fashion editor of i-D during the ‘80s, she has since focused on identity politics and the power of fashion to create positive narratives about  individuality. In this fifth instalment for Fashion Unlearned, Address contributor Emily McGuire spoke with Caryn to discuss sustainability in her own terms – mental health in fashion …read more

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