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

April fashion books

Fashion, and indeed anti-fashion, have for centuries been used as a marker of identity, to politicise the body and for public relations. This April, an array of books tap into these themes through the lens of gender. Masculinity materialises in Peter McNeil book that maps the history of macaroni men and Jay McCauley Bowstead’s book explores the more recent menswear revolution. Meanwhile, Tessa Boase’s book ties together fathers, fashion and suffragettes, and Iris Apfel tells her story as a ‘rare bird’ …read more

April fashion exhibitions

This April, London’s V&A museum is set to open an exhibition that explores how fashion has relied on nature as a source of visual reference but also how fashion can be used as a tool to create a more sustainable future. Meanwhile, Margiela, les années Hermès, that was originally on display at Antwerp’s MoMu, will travel over to Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film is hosting a retrospective of Pierre Cardin’s futuristic fashion work …read more

Archivist-Creators

New creative clusters are emerging in countries commonly associated with mass-manufacturing and lower end garment production. Using traditional craft techniques, local know-how and cultural heritage accompanied often with ethically progressive business models, these new ‘Archivist-Creators’ are redefining the label ‘made in’ associate with the country of their origin. As part of the on-going ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ series, Aïcha Abbadi investigates the drive behind this reclaiming of design tradition and selects the best-practice examples to illustrate this …read more

‘The Come Up’ exhibition

Fashion continues its flirtation with art. Young and up-and-coming brands particularly are occupying galleries, often exhibiting things far removed from the body. Is it that creatives feel the need to and are expected to master multiple disciplines or just an evolution of fashion communication utilised by fashion brands? Address contributor Abi Buller considers this, following her visit to fashion designer Charles Jeffrey exhibition at London’s NOW Gallery …read more

December fashion books

In order to help you with the inevitable problem of what to give to that fashionable friend with a references library that includes most fashion related books, we have selected four present worthy books that have been published in recent months. Perhaps a photography book about Cecil Beaton or Petra Collins for the visually curious? The House of Worth, 1858-1954: The Birth of Haute Couture is a must for fashion and consume historians. Alternatively, a book that highlights the work of Caroline Broached is sure to please anyone interested in textiles, jewellery and wearable objects …read more

December fashion exhibitions

Three photography heavy-weights, who have helped to define the look of fashion photography during the course of the last century, have solo exhibitions dedicated to their work – Baron Adolf de Meyer and Richard Alvedon are on display in New York whilst Juergen Teller is in London. The Body: Fashion and Physique at The Museum of FIT explores the complex history of the ‘ideal’ fashion body and the variety of body shapes that have been considered fashionable from the eighteenth century to the present. A number of dresses owned by Grayson Perry are on display at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. …read more

‘Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion’ exhibition

Body, one of the central elements in fashion, has always been a site of fascination and intrigue but also controversy and debate. In order to continue this deeply rooted dialogue that manifests in imagery, Shonagh Marshall and Holly Hay co-curated a photography exhibition titled Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion that was on display at 10 Thurloe Place in London earlier this November. Abi Buller visited the exhibition for Address …read more

‘Get a Room’ exhibition

New York based design laboratory Ab[Screenwear] attempts to extend the dialogue between technology, body and garments. Recently, the fashion label took over a gallery space to display their wears in an installation-cum-fashion-retail set up. Alexis Romano went to see the presentation titled Get a Room at the Postmasters Gallery in New York …read more

Alternative Fashion Media

New alternatives are challenging the often dated, uncritical and merely promotional purpose of fashion media by widening the discourses and representations around fashion. As part of the on-going ‘Fashion from the Shadows’ series, Address contributor Aïcha Abbadi selects the most interesting examples of alternative fashion media around at the moment …read more

November fashion books

November fashion books share a theme in that they are all about fashion narratives. Long-awaited book by Paul Gorman tells the story of Face magazine that shaped youth culture in Britain during the 80’s and 90’s. Catwalking collates six-decade worth of seminal catwalk photography by Chris Moore whilst Fashion Curating by Annamari Vänskä and Hazel Clark is about the curatorial practices within the context of fashion. Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City by Emily Spivack is a sequel to the Worn series with first-person accounts about clothing …read more

November fashion exhibitions

First exhibited the Open Galley in Liverpool, North: Fashioning Identity exhibition that highlights the artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England is travelling to south and will be on view at London’s Somerset House. Meanwhile, Antwerp’s fashion museum presents the darkly romantic work of Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens before the museum closes for refurbishment. Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt is putting on the first ever solo exhibition for designer Jil Sander …read more

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