A Captive Audience


Exhibition – Aware: Art Fashion Identity
October 27, 2010, 7:48 am
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Exhibition – GSK Contemporary Season 2010 – Exhibitions – Royal Academy of Arts.

This exhibition will reflect upon the relationship between our physical covering and constructed personal environments, our individual and social identities and the contexts in which we live. The exhibition will look at the role of clothing in cultural and personal stories through the work of Grayson Perry, Helen Storey, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, and Claudia Losi. Issues of belonging and nationality, displacement and political and social confrontation will be addressed in the work of Yinka Shonibare, Sharif Waked, Alicia Framis, Meschac Gaba, Dai Rees and Acconci Studio (Vito Acconci, Dario Nunez, Eduardo Marques, Garrett Ricciardi). The importance of performance in the presentation of fashion and clothing, and in highlighting the roles that we play in our daily life, will be explored through the work of Hussein Chalayan, Gillian Wearing RA and Andreas Gursky, among others.

As a mechanism of expression, the exploration of the role of clothing has been at the heart of the artistic practice of a number of contemporary artists, and has particular resonance for those attuned to the social situations of their times. While frequently fulfilling a practical and occasionally protective function, clothing can be effective in celebrating or suppressing identity and in indicating allegiances. It has the ability to express our way of life and even our unconscious, communicating our positions, aspirations and desires.

The foundations of the exhibition are set through a select number of works from key artists of the late 1960s, when art and fashion first established meeting points as well as a new connection with society. These artists continue to be a point of reference for a new generation of contemporary artists and designers whose engagement in questioning cultural, geographical, political and social identity through their work forms the body of this exhibition.

The London College of Fashion is a partner in the development of the project and, in addition, is supporting two commissions, a symposium and a curated programme of discussions that will be hosted within the exhibition.

The concept for the exhibition was developed by the independent curator Gabi Scardi with artist Lucy Orta, and the exhibition is co- curated by Kathleen Soriano and Edith Devaney, from the Royal Academy



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News from Sheffield Hallam University
May 28, 2010, 3:49 am
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Thanks to Jo for sending me this link!

News from Sheffield Hallam University.

Dissolvable gown is fit for unlikely marriage

Issued 07/05/10

There aThe dissolvable wedding dressesre often tears at weddings but you’d need to be careful if you wore one of these creations as they dissolve when they come into contact with water.

The elaborate designs are the result of an unlikely marriage between fashion and engineering students at Sheffield Hallam University.

They combined forces to create a wedding dress that could be dissolved after the wedding to transform it into five new fashion pieces. The pieces, each a stage of the transformation process, are now on public display at the University’s Furnival Gallery.

Jane Blohm, a lecturer on the fashion design course at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society’s attitudes towards throwaway fashion.

“The project is a union between art and technology which explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing. The wedding gown is perhaps one of the most iconic and symbolic garments in humanity’s wardrobe and represents the challenges of ‘throwaway fashion’.

“In order to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment, the fashion industry must begin to challenge conventional attitudes and practices. The exhibition demonstrates what could be possible when design and scientific innovation combine forces.”

In recent years, with the rise of ‘value retailers’ such as Primark, H&M and TK Maxx, and supermarket fashion ranges, the price of clothing in the UK has dropped by up to 25 per cent. At the same time, the amount of clothes we buy has increased by almost 40 per cent to more than two million tonnes a year.

As a result, textiles have become the fastest-growing waste product in the UK. About 74 per cent of those two million tonnes of clothes we buy each year end up in landfills.