L’exposition « Bjork Digital » (Somerset House), vue par Maxime Laprade

Bjork Digital – Où est l’exposition ?

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Somerset House à Londres a ouvert sa toute dernière exposition: Bjork Digital. Après la grande rétrospective à New York en 2015, c’est ici un projet bien différent que la chanteuse nous présente. Le principe est une mise en scène de son dernier album, Biophilia.

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Exhibition Review: “Fashion Game Changers, Reinventing the 20th-century silhouette” at the MOMU, Antwerp

by César Imbert

botw_71jkfwadgllFrom Diana Vreeland’s exhibition “The World of Balenciaga” in 1973 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the most recently opened “Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa” in Getaria, Spain, much attention has been given to the life and work of this couturier1. Balenciaga’s tremendous contribution to the fashion industry acted as a bridge between the haute couture tradition of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the “youthquake” outburst of the 1960s2. The new “Game Changers” exhibition held at the MOMU in Antwerp deepens this appreciation of Balenciaga’s work and goes beyond previous exhibitions pertaining to the designer.

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Sonia Rykiel (1930-2016), A Fashion Revolutionary, by Maude Bass-Krueger

A few years ago, I was hired by Sonia Rykiel (the house, not the woman herself) to research and write about Sonia’s history and legacy. Fung Brands Limited had just bought the majority equity stake in the company and a new designer had been named. The company wanted somebody knowledgeable about fashion history to look at their archives and piece together a historical biography of the founder and the house. I spent almost a month pouring through the paper archives conserved in the company’s headquarters, housed above the iconic St. Germain boutique. Yumiko Hayashi, Sonia Rykiel’s wonderful archivist, kindly brought me binder upon binder of press clippings, magazine articles, and photographs. She gave me access to hundreds of hours of interviews, news reports, and filmed catwalk shows. Housed off-site, the archive also maintains an extensive textile collection spanning Sonia Rykiel’s entire career. A well-curated selection of these garments was shown at the Arts Décoratifs in 2008-2009 as part of the “Sonia Rykiel” exhibition. A catalogue published for the occasion includes a thorough appendix of Sonia Rykiel’s fashion collections. 

What did I discover? A newfound appreciation for how revolutionary Sonia Rykiel and her designs were in the 1960s and 1970s. 

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