Monday, 6 December 2010

Mon 6th Dec: Aware: Art Fashion Identity at The Royal Academy

Here is the work on display at "Aware: Art Fashion Identity" at The Royal Academy by Meschac Gaba. There are so many great fashion centric exhibitions on in London at the moment and here is one that has snuck up on the radar. The 3rd season of contemporary art at 6 Burlington Gardens has brought together 30 artists and designers experimenting with clothing as a visual representation of identity including: Hussein Chalayan, Andreas Gursky, Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Grayson Perry, Dai Rees,Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Helen Storey, Gillian Wearing RA and Yohji Yamamoto.

The show is split into four sections - Storytelling, Building, Belonging & Confronting, Performance. There are classic works such as Alexander McQueen's red lace dress with the all-in-one face covering and Grayson Perry’s patchwork appliquéd Artist’s Robe. There is also film footage from Yoko Ono’s original 1965 performance of "Cut Piece" which the artist has more recently reinacted with ThreeAsFour. New work has been created specially on commission for the exhibition by Yinka Shonibare (a wall mural of 18 designs based on 19th-century children’s dress) and Hussein Chalayan a new dress inspired by the 300 year old Japanese tradition of Bunraku puppet theatre).

London College of Fashion are holding a symposium today and tomorrow............ and the show is on until th 30th Jan. Check here for more details.......

1 comment:

Kate said...

I've just been to this exhibition and it's so unique and inspiring, it really gets you thinking about fashion and clothing in a different way- about what they mean and represent. My favourite pieces were the Alexander McQueen dress, the film of Yoko Ono having her clothes cut off and the film of the photograph set up- watching them all fidget. It was a really great exhibition.