N°17: Too much! Too big! Five centuries of prejudice
What can be the common link between the 16th century high-boots, panties at the Rhingrave of the 17th, the puffing trousers of the zazous of the 40s and the "baggies" of the 90s? They have certainly dressed the legs of men throughout of the last five centuries, but especially all have been criticized during their appearance and with regard to the same reasons: the extent of the garment, the deformation of the body or the hindrance of walking.
Denis Bruna, curator at the fashion department of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, returns to these clothing transgressions that he addressed in his last exhibition Correct outfit required. When the garment is scandalous.
In the frame of "2018, Year of Contestation".
Thursday January 25, 2018
N°16 : Reflection by Jean-Paul Lespagnard
A conversation between Jean-Paul Lespagnard and Anne-Françoise Moyson, journaliste Le Vif Weekend
Thursday May 11, 2017
Over the past few decades, the gap between architecture and textile design has continuously decreased thanks to the arrival of new technologies and innovative materials. There are countless collaborations between architects and fashion designers, whether for the design of lofts or concept stores. Architecture has become a platform for fashion.
But, what about the contribution of fashion to architecture? Although it is obvious that clothing is a second skin, can architecture be considered as our macro skin? From a unique body to a collective body, from clothes to buildings?
By Fabrice Bladt, architect graduate from La Cambre. He is the author of a thesis entitled Habit Bâti: Enquête sur la convergence des recherches entre design de vêtement et design d'architecture.
N°14: Memoirs of a robe of emotion
Language and symbolism of an exceptional scenography.
A fascinating encounter between aesthetic and moral symbols, a timeless dialogue between traditional outfits and personal outfits: the wedding dress, a true lesson in fashion.
In order to explore the most unexpected effects, Olivia Luce Meyer offers the chance to navigate through the tangible and intangible cultural heritage rooted in codified rituals. Diverse and varied, the staging of this exceptional day is a highly stimulating exercise for the social and sentimental representation of a family, a generation, a period. Fantasy and vision of a status built by the collective imagination, weddings transport us to the boundaries of traditions and contemporary desires. A ceremonial costume of great subtlety.
Olivia Luce Meyer is the curator of the exhibition and a professor of history and sociology of costumes and fashion. She also gives lessons on costume design.
In the frame of the exhibition Just Married, a history of marriage
Thursday September 15
N°13 Fashion, art and politics: a dangerous liaison or a marriage of madness?
With hindsight, Rose Bertin, the "Minister of Fashion" for Marie-Antoinette, is considered to be the unwitting factor behind the unpopularity of the last queen of France. Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, each in their own way, liberated modern women from the social corset that bound them: they became free to exist, act, move and express themselves through their clothes. Closer to the present day, Japanese fashion designers, students from Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts or from Saint Martin’s School, are behind the inspiration which aims to make fashion the manifesto for all liberties. Are Art and Politics the pillars of fashion?
Yann Kerlau was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Gucci group from 2000 to 2008. Nowadays, he devotes himself to writing historical or fashion books such as Les dynasties du luxe or Les secrets de la mode. He will be signing copies of the latter after the Leçon de Mode.