Aware: Art Fashion Identity
December 3, 2010 Leave a comment
The main concern of this website is the relationship between fashion and art. How fashion is an art form because fashion designers, like artists, express themselves through their works, their collections. These are collections that communicate their emotions, their thoughts and their dreams.
Hence, I am thrilled by the current Aware: Art Fashion Identity exhibition at 6 Burlington Gardens. It examines how artists and designers use clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity.
Featuring emerging and established ‘fashion artisans’, some of my favourite names are included; Hussein Chalayan, La Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto. Other names include Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Acconci Studio, Azra Akšamija, Maja Bajevic, Handan Börüteçene, Alicia Framis, Meschac Gaba, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Andreas Gursky, Mella Jaarsma, Kimsooja, Claudia Losi, Susie MacMurray, Marcello Maloberti, Maria Papadimitriou, Grayson Perry, Dai Rees, Katerina šedá, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Helen Storey, Rosemarie Trockel, Sharif Waked, Gillian Wearing RA, and Andrea Zittel.
There are also new works by Yinka Shonibare and Hussein Chalayan, specially commissioned for this exhibition. Divided into four sections, the themes Storytelling, Building, Belonging and Confronting, and Performance provide a comprehensive overview of the unique relationship between fashion and art. A must visit!
Sharif Waked ‘Chic Point’, 2003. Photo Sharif Waked. Courtesy of the artist.
Meschac Gaba, ‘Perruques-Architecture’, 2006. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin. Photo Aurélien Mole.
Using traditional African hair braids to create sculptures of Western architectural masterpieces such as the World Financial Centre, Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, Meschac Gaba deconstructs icons and stereotypes, dismantling preconceived ideas of historical and cultural identity.
Autumn-Winter 1991–92 Yohji Yamamoto Femme Collection. Collection of Peter Saville © Thierry Chomel for Yohji Yamamoto.