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


Fitted for Work
September 3, 2010, 7:29 am
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Article below about Melbourne organisation Fitted for Work by Cathy Gowdie in Marie Claire 3 September 2008

Looking for a new job is never easy, but imagine what it feels like when you’ve been out of the workplace for months, or even years. Thanks to Fitted for Work, thousands of women are getting back to work in style.

Sitting at her kitchen table as sunlight streamed through the window, Tania Carey circled yet another job ad in the newspaper. It had been several weeks and eight job applications since she’d started looking for work, and the 38-year-old single mother hadn’t had a single interview.

Looking back, Tania knows that after almost 12 years spent juggling casual, part-time and non-office-based jobs with caring for her children, Ebony, 12, and Liam, eight, prospective employers were probably deterred by her lack of recent office experience. “I felt so frustrated,” she reveals. “No-one looks at what you can do and what experience you have. They see those dates and ignore you. I’m not a confident person at the best of times and I just felt awful.”

And then, last May, her luck changed when her Job Network advisor referred her to Fitted for Work, a small volunteer organisation that helps women find employment by providing free clothing, business coaching and interview training. Before she knew it, Tania was employed. Continue reading

The Tiara Project
July 8, 2010, 4:08 am
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The Tiara Project is a Not For Profit organisation which provides free formal dress loan to girls attending school formals, debutante balls, weddings and other special events, who couldn’t otherwise afford it. 

At The Tiara Project our primary purpose is to assist girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to overcome financial barriers to participate in social events, particularly formal and semi-formal events.

By loaning dresses to girls for free, we are enabling individuals to:

• overcome financial barriers to social inclusion
• develop social skills
• boost self esteem and confidence
• care for themselves
• foster connections with school, family & the wider community
• celebrate and have fun