A DIGITAL FASHION EXHIBIT

The borrowing of ethnic references in 20th century clothing is intrinsically problematic. If art historians argue that art is always connoted with ideological intensions, fashion makes no exception. Especially in this postcolonial era, cultural and visual strategies are embedded in asymmetrical relationships between the represented ethnicities and the dominant Westerners. And as we reach a climax of … Continue reading

PART ONE – Fashion Design : Garment as a site of social transformation and travel

The first part of the exhibition will walk the viewer through the works of designers Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier, while contrasting these designs with original traditional costumes. The parallel depiction of these Western designers with traditional costumes will serve to make the viewer aware of the evolution of the appropriation of foreign … Continue reading

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER – Multiculturalism & Iconoclasm

Jean Paul Gaultier translated onto garments this new era of multiculturalism and multisexuality. When he started his own brand (haute couture and prêt-à-porter) in the 80s, he grounded his work in traditional techniques while creating irreverent collections at the crossroad of gender, race and cultures. His use of cornucopian references blurred boundaries between the catwalk … Continue reading

JPG – SELECTED ITEMS

“Par transpositions, détournement, et assemblages, il donne forme à des métissages transfrontières. Les mondes et les individus déparés par le barrage de la langue, des coutumes et de la géographiese fondent en un univers dont le passeport est tamponné “Planète JPG”. Le couturier orchestre par le vêtement le dialogue entre les cultures et les races. … Continue reading

PART TWO – FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY : The Creation of Narratives, Fictions and the Glamorization of Otherness

What especially facilitated the diffusion and impact of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work was his understanding of fashion as an interdependent microcosm. Fashion is a system, and both the design of garments and fashion editorials stem from the same process, thus mutually feeding each other. In The Fashion System (1967), Roland Barthes analyzes fashion as a complex level … Continue reading