Custom Evolution

Can fashion create a better future? A new show surveys the inspiring possibilities that emerge when creativity and technology join forces.

The past few years have been rich in fashion-based exhibitions: from the sell-out Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty (2015) and the comprehensive and prescient David Bowie Is (2013) at the V&A, to The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Barbican (2014) and Dries van Noten: Inspirations (2014) at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. The popularity of these shows demonstrates an entrenched interest in high-end fashion and its increasing accessibility. Utopian Bodies, an exhibition of over 200 objects, images, and videos at Stockholm’s Liljevalchs konsthall, explores both the wide-reaching appeal of fashion and its future. Technology has facilitated new methods of production, such as 3D printing, as well as new ways of incorporating such advances into the garment itself. Complemented by an emphasis on sustainability and craft, the interdisciplinary nature of fashion and design is presented through 11 specific themes set by curators Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov.

Hedman and Martynov have worked together for several years, a partnership which has garnered them scholarships and awards. Their understanding of the most prominent and innovative designers of the day is reflected in the wide range of artists included in Utopian Bodies. From films directed by Nick Knight/SHOWstudio to Viktor & Rolf’s Hana Bedtime Story ensemble from 2005, to Issey Miyake’s zero-waste King & Queen installation from the Spring/Summer 1999 A-POC collection, the featured work is impressive and engaging.

 

Full article: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/custom-evolution/

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