NY Museum Of Arts and Design Examines Garmenting

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York is to host its first exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art.

According to a press release, opening on 12 March and running through to 14 August, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art will display the work of 35 international contemporary artists, from emerging talent to established names, some of whom will be exhibiting in the US for the first time.

The exhibit aims to showcase garmenting- the making or altering of clothing for expressive purposes, with the artists creating garments, sculpture, installation, and performance art that transforms dress into a critical tool for exploring issues of subjectivity, identity, and difference.

The show has been curated by New York-based art historian, curator, and adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Studies at SUNY | Fashion Institute of Technology Alexandra Schwartz.

The exhibition will examine how garmenting uses the language of fashion to challenge traditional divisions of form and function, and cats a critical eye on the construction of gender, political activism, and address cultural differences.

Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Artwill span two floors of the museum and will be organised around five interrelated themes - functionality, gender, activism, cultural difference, and performance.

In a statement, Schwartz said: Despite the current ubiquity of garmenting as a visual arts practice, it has not previously been examined or theorised. This exhibition centres contemporary artistsexploration of dress as a formal trope and critical tool, using the language of fashion to address fundamental aspects of subjectivity, including gender, class, race, and ethnicity.

Artists set to be featured in the exhibition includes Xenobia Bailey, Raphaël Barontini, Zoë Buckman, Nick Cave, Jeffrey Gibson, Annette Messager, Mary Sibande, Nazareth Pacheco, Mark Newport, Yinka Shonibare, Jakkai Siributr and Andrea Zittel.

Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Artwill open at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York on March 12.

 

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Dior Unveils Twelve Artists’ Dior Lady Art Handbags

The Lady Dior bag is a classic for the Parisian house and twelve artists from around the world have put their visual art touch on the classic tote.

According to Elle, the handbag took its name from Princess Diana, who, while she was still Lady Diana, was always seen carrying the Dior Chouchou bag, as it used to be called before the fashion house changed the name in her honour.

As the rectangular bag, dubbed an architectural feat, has continued through the generations, it has captured the heart and eyes of women all around there world, and in 2016, Diors creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri reimagined the Lady Dior bag by kickstarting the Dior Lady Art Project.

According to Dior: It is a concentration of the Houses excellence, season after season, as it continues to forge its timeless legacy, at the crossroads of modernity and excellence- becoming an object of art and desire, revisited by artists from around the world.

Now in its sixth edition, the fashion house has picked 12 artists from all around the world to work with designers to reimagine the bag through their art-filled eyes.

The artists arent given restrictions as they design to their own expression.

This years artists have come from Dubai to Shanghai, to Tokyo and Dublin. They are: Manal Aldowayan, Gisela Colón, Johan Creten, Genieve Figgis, Gigisue, Antonin Hako, Zhang Huan, Leonhard Hurzlmeier, Yukimasa Ida, Daisuke Ohba, Li Songsong, and Lina Iris Viktor.

The 12 artists have used carouse techniques and craftsmanship for their handbags, which all express various sides of the artistspersonalities. In a final touch, all the finished bags are adorned with delicate Diorcharms reminiscent of the lucky talismans that founder Christian Dior was known to carry with him.

This years Dior Lady Art bags are a bridge between the notorious house and global cultures and as Dior has put it: A connection through the combined prism of the imagination and exceptional savoir-faire. An ode to freedom.

 

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