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A piece from Sarah Backlund's Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Photo by Ola Bergengren.
Bless, Hairbrush, 1999.
Still from Couture #03 Essays, Boudicca, 2009.
Pool Position from Sarah Backlund's Spring/Summer 2009 collection. Photo by Ola Bergengren.
N°19 Uncool from the Bless Spring/Summer 2003 collection.
Any true appreciator of fashion knows it's an art form that's not always fun and games--in fact, we appreciate designers even more when they do something that makes us look and think twice.
Opening tomorrow at the Art Institute, ?Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund? offers a glimpse into the design process of three boundary-pushing studios. Included are 30 works from the designers? own collections--films, photography, printed materials and objects--that explore the impact of society, politics and the environment on their creative processes and marketing methods.
The exhibit (through September 13) walks us through ideas like the techniques Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag, of the German studio Bless, have employed to showcase their work--like publishing lookbooks of their unisex clothing line inside existing magazines. In another campaign, London-based line Boudicca?s Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby created conceptual films (in one, they sprayed their blue Wode perfume out of a graffiti paint can) that celebrated their use of nontraditional materials. Swedish designer Sandra Backlund is known for embracing the unexpected, and her knitwear pieces crafted from metal yarn are shown next to high-fashion photos of the same items.
In fashion, evolution is everything--and we love this exhibit for giving us a front-row look at a fascinating process.
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600 or artic.edu
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