Thursday, October 16, 2014

'Politics of Fashion' Exhibition at The Design Exchange.




Curated by fashion icon, Jeanne Beker, the Design Exchange holds a spectacular exhibition on the Politics of Fashion, where visitors embark on a stylish political journey from 1960 to present day. The exhibition showcases different designers and specific collections that show how dress can define self-expression. 

The exhibition showcases 200 works and explores the numerous ways fashion has helped ignite political awareness and at the same time, how politics have dictated style throughout the decades. Canadian fashion designer, Jeremy Laing created the exhibition display. 





PETA “Murder” Coat (2010), worn during anti-fur protest.


PETA's most iconic advertising had models posing nude with the slogan, "I'd rather go naked than wear fur..."



FEMEN, a radical feminist group that began in Ukraine in 2008. FEMEN Activists stormed the runway during Nina Ricci's fashion show in 2013, making headlines everywhere.



Jeremy Laing's parachute dress. (2002) The dress is a representation of a bridal gown of a young, sacrificial, virgin bride who was sent off to war. The brides train is fashioned by the ropes of the parachute. 


 

British designer Mary Quant, introduces the mini shift dress in 1960. Bored of the teen fashion of the fifties, Mary Quant dropped the frills and petticoats, and introduced colourful tights with the mini shift dress which became the symbol of an entire generation. 



1960 - Hippie Culture. 



Avant-garde designer, Rudi Gernreich, sparked both controversy and acclaim in his collections. He pushed the boundaries of clothing design, introducing new radical concepts. The photo on the left is his iconic Monokini, the one piece bathing suit. (1964)



American designer, Patrick Kelly, who collected items of black memorabilia displayed racial stereotypes later used in many of his designs. He was known to spray paint a large heart on the wall at the end of every one of his shows. (1988)



 

The Artisanal Couture line of Maison Martin Margiela. All about reusing and up cycling. Some pieces took up to 18 hours to handcraft. (2013)


 

Jeremy Scott's The Arab Spring Collection was all about the misconceptions of the Middle East. He incorporated exotic fabrics, sequinned burqa, and a metal chain-dress which dangled with gold machine gun charms. 


That sums up my favourite looks from the exhibition. Do check it out as there is still so much more to see! The exhibition runs till January 25th, 2015. Purchase your tickets here.


Special thanks to the Design Exchange for the complimentary passes. 



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