Aware: Art Fashion Identity at the Royal Academy of Arts

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

There was an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Aware: Art Fashion Identity. 
I was told about this in a lecture...I went to see it a few days before it ended. After seeing it, I think it showcased a 'design identity' through the pieces in the exhibition, in a way of an artistic expression. 
I jot down some info on the clothes and mostly I took a ton of pictures when I weren't suppose to...oh well, it's for my own personal use :).
Here are some of my favourites that I luckily snapped.

The two pictures below are of Helen Storey's designs, 'Say Goodbye', 2010.
She investigated how Science, Art and Fashion interrelate together in a leading way for a more sustainable future.

I loved how this dress was dipped under water.
Hussein Chalayan (below) 
This is a installation which Chalayan uses Bunraku Theatre which is a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre to investigate the manipulative element of the fashion industry. The beauty of the dress is evident but the controlling figures around it invites us ti consider how out perception of the value of fashion is managed by its presentation. The piece demonstrating the designer's use in combining together different cultures and creative disciplines. 
I thought this installation looked...pretty amazing, the way it was placed in a dark room with the dress lightening up, I actually thought it the model could come to life as if she were watching. It was the eyes. I liked his identity through this installation because of his story behind the design.  

Some lovely origami cranes.

The picture below on the left hand side looks like a very oversized kimono. 

Andrea Zittel, A-Z Fibre Form Uniforms 2003-06.
These uniforms were one of my favourites in the exhibition. This is Zittel's ongoing preoccupation with designing uniforms for different seasons and takes her intention that they would be worn for a specific months and is driven by the understanding of respect for the natural cycles and the individual relationship towards them.

My favourite piece in the gallery was this amazing wooden dress designed by Yohji Yamamoto, Femme Collection A/W 1991-92.
Yamamoto has articulated his place in the industry where he works. He's very anti-fashion and feels that its his role to regain respect for clothing and promote women's independence in this seminal piece. A wooden framework which is moulded into a dress, suggesting a human form skeleton, an architectural structure and armour.

Amazing origami pieces, such a work of art :)

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Little Rich Girls, 2010.

100 ways to wear a flag, 2007, Alicia Framis.
Framis invited 16 designers to make dresses inspired by the iconic Chinese flag.

That dress above looks like red riding hood :)

Save the best til last. Luckily I got a snap of this amazing Alexander McQueen red lace dress, A/W 1998-99 collection. 
This is a couture outfit from McQueen's A/W collection which took Joan of Arc as its theme. In a lot of his collections, there is a historic reference which is clear in the clothes, wit the red lace fabric and the shrouded face which shows the female's strength which is counterbalance by the intricate lace and delicate beading on the bodice. It was 'theatre' which was in the heart of his work for the show in which this dress featured he had the catwalk burst into flames. 


  1. This is....AMAZING
    Think my mouth dropped about 10x10 times.
    In love.

  2. This dresses are so beautiful!
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    Bye bye dear :)

    The yellow ball


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