Dover Street Market and its magic

On this slow and lazy Monday, I’m going through some archives of news clippings I’ve kept for bedtime reading.  Well, better late than never because this piece of news gives me time to plan for my next vacation.  A seven storey Dover Street Market will open in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district in March 2012 and I want to be there!

It’s hard to believe that it was 41 years ago that Rei Kawakubo started Commes des Garçons because the brand is still ahead of many others.  It is forward-looking and remains so in today’s fashion landscape, which proves that Kawakubo’s theory of “creating something that didn’t exist before” hasn’t changed one bit.

One of the highlights of my London trip was my visit to Dover Street Market.  I’m surprised at the number of labels the store carries; from Alexander Wang to Yves Saint Laurent.  The store features both established fashion houses, as well as more experimental and younger labels, bringing true meaning to the term ‘market’.  It’s worth a visit when you are in London.

In Kawakubo’s words, “Fashion is something you attach to yourself, put on, and through that interaction the meaning of it is born. Without the wearing of it, it has no meaning…”  Ahhh, words that carry true meaning for anyone genuinely passionate about fashion.

X Sybil

(Images from Dover Street Market)

Art & Fashion. Between Skin and Clothing

Ah… Another art and fashion exhibition. Food for the soul and this time, it is in Wolfsburg, Germany.

First shown at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the exhibition has been reshaped for Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg by curators José Teunissen and Annelie Lütgens. I like that the exhibition features artworks alongside fashion items, literally. Clothing and objects by Walter Van Beirendonck, Louise Bourgeois, Hussein Chalayan, Christophe Coppens, Comme des Garçons, Salvador Dalí, Naomi Filmer, Robert Gober, Martin Margiela, Francesco Vezzoli, Viktor & Rolf, Anna-Nicole Zische, etc  will be on display.

The exhibition explores the relationship between art and fashion, its connectedness and its influence on each other. Fashion is not only a form of self expression but an avenue of expression for one’s art and culture. Similar to art making, designers express their opinions and ideas in their collection, as artists do in their artworks. Possible highlights of the exhibition include works from the 90s to the present, where designers such as Viktor & Rolf and Hussein Chalayan presented fashion shows that looked like art-installations and clothing that were works of art.

Viktor & Rolf, Maryna, The Fashion Show collection, Autumn/winter 2007-2008
( Photo: Peter Stigler, model Maryna Linchuk -DNA Models)

Walter van Beirendonck, Green Beard, eXplicit Collection Spring/summer 2009
( Photo: Ronald Stoops)

It will be fascinating to study the manifestation of wearable art; how it started, how it has evolved and perhaps even, how it will transform and revolutionize our lifestyles in future.

Art & Fashion. Between Skin and Clothing
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Hollerplatz 1, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany
Now till 7 August 2011

X Sybil

(Images from Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg)

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