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  • Temporal Meditations: Hussein Chalayan at Pitti Immagine 64

    27/03/2017

    For the 64th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo, Hussein Chalayan showed his first men’s collection, developed in collaboration with Pitti Immagine. The designer decided to mark his debut in menswear presenting Temporal Meditation, the first movie he wrote and directed.

  • Runway Archive: Lapidus, Autumn-Winter 1996, Couture

    23/03/2017

    The picture shows three male models wearing silver raincoats over trousers and jumpers. The raincoats are all the same: sleeveless, with a high collar and a hoodie. The looks are completed by fur-lined gloves and dark sunglasses. Behind the models, who stand in a quasi-militaristic pose, a backdrop with a sketch stands out, showing clearly the name of the brand, Moren Wizard.

  • Exhibition Archaeology: Spectres. When Fashion Turns Back

    23/03/2017

    The exhibition 'Malign Museus. When Fashion Turns Back' at MoMu - Fashion Museum of the Province of Antwerp, photo by Tim Stoops, 2004. Courtesy MoMu - Modemuseum Provincie Antwerpen, all rights reserved.

    Fashion spans many temporalities. While being projected to the future, it constantly looks back to the past to which it strongly relates. As explained by Walter Benjamin with the image of the ‘tiger’s leap’, fashion interacts with history in many and different ways. Back in 2004, curator and exhibition maker Judith Clark explored this haunting relationship in the exhibition ‘Spectres. When Fashion Turns Back’.

  • “Gianfranco Ferré. Moda, un racconto nei disegni”: Exhibiting the Process and Poetic of Fashion Design

    20/03/2017

    Silk taffeta and silk velvet cape with topstitching. Silk velvet dress. Alta Moda, Fall/Winter 1988. Pencil, fine black felt-tip pen, colored felt-tip pen on construction paper. Courtesy Fondazione Gianfranco Ferré, all rights reserved.

    From the 21st April, Centro Culturale Santa Maria della Pietà in Cremona, Italy, will host ‘Gianfranco Ferré. Moda, un racconto nei disegni’, an exhibition dedicated to the sketches and drawings by Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré.

  • Europeana Fashion Focus: Scooter designed by Emilio Pucci, 1947

    18/03/2017

    The photo portrays a model of scooter designed by Marquis Emilio Pucci in 1947.

  • Runway Archive: Salon Johanna Marbach, ca. 1916.

    17/03/2017

    Fashion show in Salon Johanna Marbach, photo by 'Atlantic', Berlin, ca. 1916. Courtesy Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, CC BY NC SA.

    The picture shows a model posing in an nineteenth century interior, with three women, probably clients, looking carefully at the model while sitting on chairs. The model, standing straight, is wearing a knee-long redingote with fur collar, cuffs and lower hem. Underneath the coat, is an an ankle-lenght skirt, worn over black tights and low-heeled shoes. On the head, the model is sporting a flat hat with wide straight brims.

  • Faire sa Toilette – Time for Dressing Up

    15/03/2017

    'Progress of the Toilet. Dress Completed', caricature, 1830. Courtesy Dietmar Katz, Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, CC BY NC SA.

    The French term ‘toilet’ holds in itself many temporalities, from the fast and rapid, to the long and elaborate. It indicates the process of dressing or grooming oneself, a morning ritual that is, and has been, both a private and public.

  • Watches: Time as Material Luxury

    13/03/2017

    To understand time was one of the first necessity experienced by human beings. This led to the invention of devices that could help keeping track of time passing: watches. Both as ‘public’ objects and personal belongings, watches soon became artefacts that gathered scientific expertise and high-manufacture skill.

  • Runway Archive: Moren Wizard, Pitti Uomo 17, 1980

    09/03/2017

    The picture shows three male models wearing silver raincoats over trousers and jumpers. The raincoats are all the same: sleeveless, with a high collar and a hoodie. The looks are completed by fur-lined gloves and dark sunglasses. Behind the models, who stand in a quasi-militaristic pose, a backdrop with a sketch stands out, showing clearly the name of the brand, Moren Wizard.

  • Fashion ’round the Clock

    09/03/2017

    Women in evening dress, illustration by Léonard, ca. 1930. Courtesy Dietmar Katz, Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, CC BY NC SA.

    While it is commonly considered a whim today to frequently change outfit during the day, this convention is rooted in modernism, which produced a new conception of time and the ways it was organized.

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