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

YVES SAINT LAURENT – MOROCCAN MEMORIES & IMAGINARY TRAVELS

The rise of globalized and widely diffused sartorial trends coincides in the middle of the 20th century with the development of prêt-à-porter. Prêt-à-porter, as opposed to Haute Couture, involves distinct market behaviours, being priced more accessibly and adapted to casual dressing. One designer especially involved in the popularization of prêt-à-porter is Yves Saint-Laurent, “one of the … Continue reading

YSL – SELECTED ITEMS

Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, 1960s NORTH AFRICA & MOROCCO “On each street corner in Marrakech, you encounter groups that are impressive in their intensity, their relief. Men and women, where pink, blue, green, and violet caftans mingle. These groups look as if they have been drawn and painted, that are reminiscent of sketched by Delacroix, … Continue reading