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Balenciaga menswear s/s 2017 Look 1

Demna Gvasalia of Vetemens fame debuted his menswear collections for Balanciaga this summer. Unfortunately, his take on the sculptural heritage of the house translated into a two-dimensional vision for the future. Jacob Rosengren gives his verdict of the collection by using look 1 as his case study …read more

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November fashion books

November fashion books provide a visual feast. Photogrpaher Inge Morath and Gleb Derujinsky both created their most disguised works during the latter part of the 20th centruy that have now been compiled into lush tomes. Vogue stylist Phyllis Posnick’s visually intriguing work can in turn be explored in her new book Stoppers. Alexander McQueen: Unseen provides a backstage access to the late designers fashion shows …read more

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November fashion exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art continues to institute its power in defining fashion with an exhibition that maps the canon of fashion history through its own collection. Meanwhile, photographer Jurgen Teller has been given the keys to the Robert Mapplethorpe archives and the result of this is a display of the late photographers work at the Alison Jacques gallery. Hair by Sam McKnight is the first exhibition to contextualise the wider cultural significance of hair and the role of the session stylist within fashion. These are the fashion exhibitions worth a visit this November …read more

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with Otto von Busch

For most consumers, the fashion world represents a democracy. For Otto von Busch it is a dictatorship. Fascinated by the political forces of fashion, Otto has spent the last 10 years researching its complex relationship with agency, civic engagement and participatory design practices. In this third instalment for Fashion Unlearned from Emily McGuire, Otto shares captivating insight into the corruption fuelling the fashion industry, and questions how we might transform our engagement with clothing to create a better world …read more

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curators Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov

Founders of Museea, Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov have curated and designed numerous exhibitions in London, New York, Saint Louis, Tokyo and Stockholm. Their latest exhibition Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward (2015 – 2016) at Liljevachs Museum, Stockholm, was awarded the title ‘Exhibition of the Year 2015’ by The Association of Swedish Museums. Address contributor Flavia Loscialpo asked Sofia and Serge to reflect on their curatorial practice, utopias, and new challenges emerging within contemporary curatorship …read more

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October fashion books

Two fashion diaries will be published this month alongside books about menswear. Vivienne Westwood has penned essays about her life in fashion and involvement with art, politics and the environment whilst Alexandra Shulman shares a glimpse into the life of a Vogue editor. Fashion and travel writer David Coggins airs his thoughts on men’s clothes, manners and other gentlemanly concerns whilst Gestalten publishes a collection of photographs depicting contemporary dandyism …read more

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October fashion exhibitions

This month’s fashion exhibitions explore taste in its various forms. Vulgarity is the subject of major exhibition in London’s Barbican gallery whilst glamour is the theme running through the works of photography duo Mert & Marcus. The exaggerated beauty of garments created by fashion designers Victor and Rolf can be viewed at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne …read more

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Uniformity

While uniform design focuses on functionality, control, and tradition, fashion design promotes constant change, creativity, and subversion. Yet throughout history, fashion has drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds. This dialogue is the premises of Uniformity, an exhibition on display at the Museum at FIT unit the 19th November. Fashion scholar Rosie Findlay reviewed the exhibit for Address …read more

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with Timo Rissanen

Dedicated to creative approaches to patternmaking, Timo Rissanen is a designer, thinker and maker who pioneers zero-waste fashion design. Through his role as Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons School of Design, Timo is interested in how fashion can be used to enrich our everyday lived experience. In this second interview for Fashion Unlearned Address contributor Emily McGuire speaks with Rissanen about zero waste design processes and why systems thinking is essential to creating a sustainable fashion industry …read more

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September fashion books

A number of interesting books addressing hair and beauty will be published in the coming months. Journalist Sali Hughes follows her successful Pretty Honest book with Pretty Iconic that looks at beauty products that changed the world. Celebrated fashion hair stylist Sam McKnight has compiled a book of photographs that illustrate his handiwork to coincide an exhibitions opening in the Somerset House in October. Styling Masculinity takes an academic look on male grooming …read more

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September fashion exhibitions

There is a strong sense of history, art and personal narratives running through the fashion exhibitions opening this month. Gabriel ‘Coco’ Chanel is the focus of The Woman Who Reads opening in Venice whilst the wardrobe of The Countess Greffulhe travels from Paris to New York. In a partnership with the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Mode Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of painter Rik Wouters with an exhibition that brings together art and fashion …read more

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A History of Fashion in 100 Objects

On display at Fashion Museum in Bath (UK) until January 2019, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects celebrates fashion from the 1600s to the present day. Address contributor Pat Francis visited the exhibition and eventually responded to it using 100 words …read more

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