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(I’m now) Aware: Fashion Art Identity

7 Jan

Good ‘eve, Tuft here!

As promised, here I am, a-blogging again! It’s Day 2 of the Resolutions now and I have been to an art exhibition AND entered a blog. Hurrah! Big slap on the back, I thank you.

I really really enjoyed my trip to the Royal Academy of Arts this morning; shamefully, it was my first time despite having passed it numerous times en route to do my shopping in New Bond Street. (I wish).

‘Aware: Fashion Art Identity’ is a fantastically diverse & thought provoking exhibition that I really urge you to go see before it ends on 30th January. It explores how clothing and fashion is used to communicate and reveal identity,  through the themes of Storytelling, Building, Belonging & Confronting, and Performance.

Gorgeously clever (water-soluble) threads by Helen Storey

It’s hard to pick just one installation that stood out for me, but I was particularly impressed by Sharif Waked’s video ‘Chic Point’. Making a strong political comment on the complex situation in the Middle East, he created some ingenious garments that playfully exposed areas of the body – ‘Fashion for the Israeli Checkpoints’, if you will. It was clever, strangely humorous (the garments themselves), but also quite poignant and sad.

Sharif Waked - Chic Point, 2003

I also marvelled at the kaleidoscopic explosion of colour by Yinka Shonibare – amazing batik printed Colonial African Fabrics, beautifully displayed. I love using unashamedly bold vivid colours in my rugs, so for me his work is always so inspiring.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Little Rich Girls, 2010

Speaking of inspiration I came across architects Acconci Studio who showcased a collection of gorgeous oragami pieces… no guessing who came to mind here! Check them out, Fold!

Acconci Studio, 2001

There is far too many brilliant and beautiful things to mention from this exhibition that I won’t be able to describe adequately. Suffice to say if you love fashion, fabrics and art you simply must pay it a visit – and then treat to yourself to a nice sugared macaroon or two from the Sketch tea shop – Yummy!

Go on then, I’ll have 5 of the pink please!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Love, Tuft x