Fashion Archives in Chicago

Anna Buruma, curator for the Museum & Study Collection at Central St. Martins (CSM) and Archivist at Liberty, received a Refresh grant from the university to visit the 3 different fashion collections in Chicago to learn about how staff dealt with their collections. The Fashion Resource Center (FRC), part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and the Fashion Study Collection, (FSC) at Colombia College are both teaching collections, while the visit to the Chicago History Museum  was inspired by their collection of Liberty garments, and Anna’s special interest in that subject.

Here, Anna reflects on the 3 collections, and the differences between the teaching collections and those in a ‘proper’ museum.

Store at Fashion Resource Center. Courtesy of the Fashion Resource Center at the School of Art Institute of Chicago

Store at Fashion Resource Center. Courtesy of the Fashion Resource Center at the School of Art Institute of Chicago

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Balenciaga in Mexico City – by its curator Javier González de Durana

As the first exhibition of Cristóbal Balenciaga in Latin America opened earlier this year at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City  María Fernanda Sela talked to Javier González de Durana, curator of the exhibition and former director at the Balenciaga Museum in Spain, to find out how the exhibition was made possible.

María Fernanda Sela: How was the process of selecting the objects for this very first exhibition about Balenciaga in Latin America?

Javier González de Durana: Balenciaga’s production was huge; he presented two collections with 100 and 150 looks each every year. Considering he worked for over 32 years in Paris, there are around 7,000 to 9,000 items in total. The selection for the exhibition presents objects from different styles and eras. What is not explained with dresses, is expressed with a series of photographs from Manuel Outumuro. However, no matter how it’s exhibited, there will always be a lot of Balenciaga to discover.

White Wedding Gown, never exhibited before, belonging to one of Balenciaga’s assistants. "Whenever someone turned 25 or was about to get married" says Javier González de Durana "he let them pick a design to make a new dress and gave it as a present. " Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City.

White Wedding Gown, never exhibited before, belonging to one of Balenciaga’s assistants. “Whenever someone turned 25 or was about to get married” says Javier González de Durana “he let them pick a design to make a new dress and gave it as a present. ” Image courtesy of Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City.

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Mode in Flux – Roca London Gallery 1 July – 27 August 2016

Coats that turn into tents; garments that change colour and texture in response to temperature fluctuations; interactive clothes that reveal the wearer’s mood — ‘Mode In Flux’ explores notions of adaptability in fashion design.  CfFC catches up with White Line Projects and MA Fashion Curation Alumni Fiona McKay and Xenia Capacete Caballero to talk about their latest exhibition.

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Reigning Men at LACMA: Marley Healy reviews

In his celebrated tome Walden, Henry David Thoreau wrote that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” ultimately failing to live up to their predestined potential and recognition in the universe. However, in the current socio-political climate of the world, it might be possible that the only arena in which men are overwhelmingly underrepresented is fashion.  By Marley Healy.

(left) Waistcoat, England or France 1740s. (right) Waistcoat, France c.1730. Photo courtesy of Marley Healy

(left) Waistcoat, England or France 1740s. (right) Waistcoat, France c.1730. Photo courtesy of Marley Healy

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White Boots

Barbie, that much maligned American ‘doll’ with the movie star looks, has at last had a square meal. By Claire Wilcox.

Sindy Ice Skating gear

Sindy Ice Skating outfit, Ca. 1964 Photo Claire Wilcox

 

She has swelled out, her fragile limbs are more robust, and her rounded hips suggest the possibility of fecundity. Barbie’s less precocious British cousin, the Sindy of my childhood, was 30cm tall and also improbably thin; her inflexible joints made getting dressed something of a wrangle. If recreated in human proportions she would be a freak of nature. Yet this didn’t seem to matter, for she had superhuman qualities: ‘more than a doll, she is a real personality’ the advertising displays claimed. Her facial features – tiny nose and huge, sideways glancing eyes – were rendered with some delicacy, while Medusa-like hair sprouted from her oversized head. I brushed it firmly, using the white plastic hairbrush provided. But although the instructions said ‘her hair can be washed and set time after time’, the gleaming nylon strands always reverted to their original configuration.

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Encountering the Archive: Object handling workshop

The Im/Material: Encounters within the Creative Arts Archive Conference  took place at UAL on May 13 and 14 2016.  The handling sessions were an opportunity for material objects to speak.  Jane Holt ran the Fashion Archives sessions and brought along six artefacts from LCF Archives which the participants were encouraged to handle. Here she talks about their responses.

Mary Quant make up crayons, early 1960s. Photo Courtesy of Jane Holt, LCF Archives

Mary Quant make up crayons, early 1960s. Photo Courtesy of Jane Holt, LCF Archives

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Renewal – Curation students unpack the Allure of the Archive

Lasting only one and half days, but by no means less meaningful and impacting, Renewal was a student-led collaborative exhibition that unpacks the obsessive allure of the institutional archive deep from within UAL collections.  MA Fashion Curation student Luke Moss was there. 

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Fashion curation in China: Amy de la Haye talks to student Casey Guo on life following the course

Casey Guo studied on the MA Fashion Curation course from 2009-11. From the outset, her explicit objective was to return to China equipped with a range of skills to develop fashion curatorship and exhibition-making as disciplines in her home country. Her final project was a fascinating and imaginative hypothetical exhibition on Chinese theatre costumes. Last week Casey contacted Amy de la Haye with news of her career progression.

“Visiting museums is not a habit for ordinary Chinese people yet, including art students.” Casey says. She told me that Chinese museums continue to house permanent displays of historical and traditional Chinese textiles and dress, but still do not engage with contemporary international fashion.

 

Ines Figaredo handbags on used barrels, Alter concept store. Image courtesy of Casey Guo

Ines Figaredo handbags on used barrels, Alter concept store. Image courtesy of Casey Guo

 

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Utopian Bodies – MA Fashion Curation Alumni wins exhibition of the year

Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward at Liljevalchs Museum in Stockholm has won Exhibition of the Year 2015.  Co-Curated by Sofia Hedman who studied MA Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, and Serge Martynov, the exhibition was one of 27 exhibitions in Sweden which went before the judges.

Utopian Bodies Best Exhibition 2015

 

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Come and Mend, Embroider and Discover your Fashion Stories

As part of their Collaborative Unit, MA Fashion Curation students are hosting a one day workshop that invites you to share stories and memories carried by clothing. You will then learn basic techniques to embroider lines from the stories and memories into your garment.  The workshop takes place at LCF, 10am on 9 May.

The workshop is part of the Fashion Narratives project which will culminate in an exhibition in the Take Courage Gallery on 14-16 June.

For more details and to apply see www.facebook.com/FashionNarratives, or email:  fashionnarrativesual@gmail.com

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