I can’t say that the design museum has been a place I have always wanted to visit because it makes me think of highly complex technical stuff which leaves me rigid. But this time, it had a couturier exhibition and, given the surreal publicity poster,
I was curious about the scale of the items on show. so I thought I would try it out.
The scale of the dresses epitomised what is for me the inaccessibility of the fashion industry: WHO is that tall? They were sculptural forms to me more than they were garments that someone sized -6 would wear in their dreams, perhaps. There were, in fact, images of real living beings wearing them.
There were details of the textiles which I liked:
Another aspect of the exhibition were the screens behind the exhibits which were designed by different designers. I particularly liked the intricacy of this one:
What fascinated me more than the actual garments were the images reflected off the mirrors at the bases of the mannequins:
These three dreams had fascinating reflections:
What I took away with me about the exhibition:
Exhibitions like this, where pieces are meant to be serious artistic expressions, can take you out of the real world into a world of fantasy, luxury, playfulness. Azzedine Alaïa (1935 – 2017) loved to exchange ideas with artists, architects, designers, sculptors and photographers. I think his creations were more plastic art than wearable fashion items. On exploring volume he states: “Making the right volume is a technique that is just as complex as any other. It demands good mathematics.” (Catalogue) This reflects the idea that his approach is technical and the aesthetics follow.
What I took away with me about me:
I love the interplay of volumes when they are straight, reflected or distorted, and the effect of light or its absence on them and in them.
the exhibition catalogue.