Anna Nicole, Ziesche NBD Mirrors courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Hussein Chalayan, Mechanical dress made of silk and cotton from Airborne, 2007, Centraal Museum, on loan from H+F Collection courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

On Allusion and the Ever-Narrowing Boundary between Fashion and Art

Walter Van Beirendonck, from the ‘eXplicit’ collection, Photo: Ronald Stoops courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Commissie Anna Nicole Ziesche, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Commissie Naomi Filmer, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Jana Sterbak, Remote control, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Naomi Filmer Chocolate Mask, 2001, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Commissie Walter Van Beirendonck, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

 

Museum Boijmans
Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20
+31 (0)10 44.19.400
Rotterdam
The Art of Fashion
Installing Allusions

September 19, 2009-
January 10, 2010

The Art of Fashion explores the boundaries between fashion and art. Over the last few decades fashion has drawn closer to art in all respects. Fashion designers use installations and performances to disseminate their ideas, and in turn influence the art world. The exhibition reveals the relationship between the two disciplines through the medium of new works of art by five top designers.

Autonomous For this exhibition special commissions have been given to five designers who operate at the interface of fashion and art. The H+F Fashion on the Edge programme allows these designers to work as artists in their own right. Viktor & Rolf’s fashion shows are extraordinarily theatrical and Hussein Chalayan’s shows resemble experimental installations. Building on her fascination with neglected parts of the body, jewellery designer Naomi Filmer makes sculptures that would not be out of place in a museum. Walter Van Beirendonck creates a vast imaginary world, while Anna-Nicole Ziesche combines clothing and film to express personal experiences.

50 works With five new works as the foundation, associative links will be made with items by designers such as Martin Margiela, Bless and Comme des Garcons and artists like Christophe Coppens, Nick Cave and Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition throws light on different aspects of the grey area between fashion and art: the fashion show as performance, the pattern as sculpture and the imaginary world of the fashion campaign. Some fifty works will be on display, ranging from avant-garde dresses to installations and sculptures.

Book and catalogue Fashionscape, a substantive and theoretical background book, is being published to accompany the exhibition. This book will examine the background to and history of the relationship between fashion and art. Renowned international authors have collaborated on this publication. The Art of Fashion, a magazine about the artists and designers who are taking part in the exhibition, will also be published for the exhibition.

The exhibition was organized by José Teunissen (lecturer at ArtEZ Arnhem) and Judith Clark (exhibition maker, London). The Art of Fashion was made possible by the H+F Fashion on the Edge programme, by writer and collector Han Nefkens. Dutch ELLE celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is our media partner. The exhibition is a main part of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.

Naomi Filmer Orchid Neck Piece, 2009, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Christophe Coppens, Deer Cape, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Viktor & Rolf, Bedtime Stories Dress, 2005, photo Peter Stigter, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Viktor & Rolf, Dress from The Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 2007/8, Centraal Museum, on loan from H+F Collection, Photo: Peter Stigter, Model: Maryna Linchuk, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Hussein Chalayan, Airmail dress, courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Hussein Chalayan, Final Foam Dresses courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Louise Bourgeois, Cell XIX courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.