Punk by agnès b., not Vivienne Westwood

Punk by agnès b., not Vivienne Westwood

Always a nice surprise to see exhibitions by fashion labels. The last one I visited was Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket and that was more than a year ago!

One would immediately associated punk with Vivienne Westwood and perhaps be pleasantly surprised by this agnès b. exhibition. In reality, agnès b. has been collaborating with various art mediums including photography for decades. I’ve always been fascinated by the agnès b. CINEMA in Hong Kong and I applaud their support for the arts community.

Agnès worked closely with photographer Sheila Rock to launch this travelling exhibition, which began in London and Paris in 2013 and is making its rounds across Asia this year. With a last name like Rock, it’s no wonder she is able to capture the unpretentious, raw and creative energy of the punk movement in her photographs.

Of course, there is a pop-up store and you may find me hanging out (permanently) there! Punk+: A Photo Exhibition by Sheila Rock is presented by agnès b and opens today at the Substation Gallery at 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936. The exhibition runs through 26 October and is open daily from 12 noon to 9 pm. Admission is free.

x Sybil

(Image from sagg)

Singapore Biennale 2013: IF THE WORLD CHANGED

The Singapore Biennale 2013 is back! Held once every 2 years, the Singapore Biennale was established in 2006 to allow artists to collaborate with the international arts community.

The exhibition will be starting tomorrow and will run through 16th Feb 2014. Titled, IF THE WORLD CHANGED, the  artists explored the question of how has the world changed for Southeast Asia? What kind of world would you want to live in?  The exhibition explores concepts such as spirituality; histories, ancestries and futures; the self and the other; exchanges as well as nature and geographies.

Featuring works by 82 artists and artist collectives from 13 countries, majority of the works are by artists or collectives from the region, with specially commissioned pieces for the BIennale.

There will be programs happening this Opening weekend:

ARTISTS AND CURATORS IN CONVERSATION
Saturday, 26 October, 11am – 5pm
Sunday, 27 October, 12pm – 5pm
Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Peranakan Museum
FILM SCREENING: ASIAN PREMIERE
Saturday, 26 October, 7pm
Sunday, 27 October, 2pm
Singapore Art Museum at 8Q, Moving Image Gallery
COW TAXI BY KHVAY SAMNANG
Sunday, 27 October 2013, 9pm
Exact venue TBC, East Coast Park
The biennale is held at various venues, mainly in the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct:
  • Singapore Art Museum
  • SAM at 8Q
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • The Peranakan Museum
  • National Library Building
  • Fort Canning Park
  • Waterloo Centre

Click here for more information. Have a great weekend!

X Alex

(Images from SingaporeBiennale2013 and SB2013)

A Queer History of Fashion: From The Closet To The Catwalk

It has been a while and only because Alex and I made a trip to New York last month for a little bit of everything; fashion week, work and leisure. Needless to say, we needed some time to recover.

We made a trip to The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology where they were showing A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk, the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years. Although I wished the displays were more spaced out, I was very impressed by the selection of garments. If only we won’t rushing off to our next appointment!

Fred Dennis, senior curator of costume, and Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, worked on the exhibition for 2 years. There are about 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles (l loved those!) to 21st-century high fashion. I also love that the exhibition concludes with a section on gay wedding fashions to address the issues of gay rights and marriage equality.

Dennis explained, “This is about honouring the gay and lesbian designers of the past and present. By acknowledging their contributions to fashion, we want to encourage people to embrace diversity.”

Gay Pride “Kings and Queens 3,” 1989.

Dazed Digital did a great interview with Valerie Steele. Read it here.

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk is on show at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York. Catch it before it ends on 4 January 2014. Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-8 pm; Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays. Admission is free.

x Sybil

(Image from Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology)

Impressions that last a lifetime: Dior

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It’s never too late to talk about an exhibition worth visiting, one that attempts to display Impressionism alongside impressions. In 1953, Christian Dior showed his Ligne Tulipe Spring Summer collection which was inspired by flowers and nature and subsequently in his autobiography in 1957, the designer referred explained, “The colors were inspired by Impressionist paintings and evoked the flower-filled fields dear to Renoir and Van Gogh.” Dior was avid art lover and was inspired by the works of the Impressionist masters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet.

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Impressions Dior

Impressions Dior

Impressions Dior

The current exhibition held at Musée Christian Dior, Granville, the family home where Dior was born, celebrates the continued relationship between the house of Dior and the Impressionist aesthetic. The exhibition juxtaposes artworks by Degas, Monet and Renoir alongside 74 dresses and the influence Impressionism had on the designs is remarkable.

Catch Impressions Dior at the Musée Christian Dior before it ends on 22 September 2013.

1 Rue d’Estouteville, 50400 Granville, France
Open daily from 10am to 6.30pm daily

x Sybil

(Images from hungertv.com)

Haute Couture for everyone

It’s a noble idea, to bring haute couture to everyone.  Haute couture was born in Paris in the mid-19th century and can be said to be a uniquely Parisian industry.  It is a small industry dominated by talented designers and artisans and their exclusive clientele.  Man on the street may not have access to this elite fashion scene but they can now witness the history of haute couture in an exhibition that is free for all.

The Paris Haute Couture exhibition pays tribute to this little-known world with 100 dresses.  Sourced from the collection of Musée Galliera and selected by its director, Olivier Salliard, along with its curator Anne Zazzo, it is the first time so many haute couture dresses are being shown together.  Presented by Swarovski, the exhibition is dedicated to historic haute couture designs by the likes of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Chanel, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Azzedine Alaia and many more.

The exhibition also features a selection of drawings and photographs to allow visitors a behind-the-scenes experience into the making of a couture dress – from initial design through to production.

The exhibition is on show from now till 6 July 2013 at the Hôtel de Ville, Salle Saint-Jean, 5 rue de Lobau, Paris 4th arrondissement.

x Sybil

(Images from Mairie de Paris)

THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET by Karl Lagerfeld

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Yes! I had the good fortune of timing my vacation last December to Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket exhibition in Berlin and I was so excited! It was an inspiring visit, needless to say.  It’s fascinating to see some many variations of one little black jacket and how it can work for everyone; male, female, androgynous.

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The exhibition venue was right next to the subway station with security staff who looked like they are models dressed in Chanel.  There were also staff giving out free exhibition posters. How cool is that!  The space was quite dark but I managed to take a few exhibition shots.  Over 100 photographic prints were on display with the little black jacket modelled by a range of friends of the Chanel House, from actors, musicians, designers, models, writers to directors.  They include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Anna Wintour, Kirsten Dunst, Uma Thurman, Tilda Swinton, Baptiste Giabiconi, Yoko Ono and many more.

The entire exhibition is really well documented on its webite with great “Making of” behind the scenes photos such as the one of Daphne Guinness and Ken Hirai below.

The exhibition is still touring.  You never know, it might travel to your city next week!

x Sybil

(Images by Sybil and from The Little Black Jacket)

Tim Walker: Story Teller

I love photography as a form of visuals arts and even more so, fashion photography because it is almost always about storytelling and the current exhibition at Somerset House in London shows us just how photographer Tim Walker does it.

Walker is a renowned name; his works are featured in Vogue, Vanity, W, The New Yorker, etc etc.  His world seems very Alice in Wonderland; his creative use of props, his elaborate choice of settings and that unusual sense of humour makes his photographs fairytale-like.  Just looking at them inspires me.  I want to see these stories of wild imagination, this mythical yet enchanting world that Walker has created.

The exhibition features a series of films specially curated by Tim Walker.  These are films that have inspired him and they include movies such as La Belle at la Bete (Beauty and the Beast), The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death and Walker’s own first feature The Lost Explorer.

A series of events will be held in conjunction with the exhibition.  They include workshops with some of the set designers and prop builders who have worked with Tim Walker and talks such as Tim Walker in Conversation with Penny Martin.

On show from now till 27 January 2013, catch Tim Walker: Story Teller at Somerset House, East Wing Galleries.  The exhibition is supported by Mulberry (whose campaigns Walker has shot for the past four seasons) and admission is free.

x Sybil

(Images from NOWNESS)

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