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From haute couture to ready-made clothes, the exhibition “Haute-à-porter”

 

The Modemuseum Hasselt, in Belgium, exhibits in April “Haute-à-Porter”, an exhibition exploring the relationship between haute couture and ready-made clothes. Its curator, Filep Motwary, presents it to us.

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, FW 2002 by René Habermacher.

© Modemuseum Hasselt    

 

 

Numéro: What is this exhibition about?

Filep Motwary: Fashion is a contemporary way of expressing yourself. As a consequence it constantly gets challenged and has to renew itself so as to stay relevant. It was often said that haute couture was set to disappear. However it fed ready-made clothes, and the latter, as a result, became more and more luxurious over time. Craftsmanship, extravagance, performance, today involve both. I have imagined this exhibition in order to interrogate the evolution of their relationship.

 

Which pieces of clothing will be exhibited?

The selection comprises hundreds of pieces. It starts at the midpoint of the 80s with Thierry Mugler, and ends with clothes from Alessandro Michele for Gucci, which includes Dior, Raf Simons, Balmain, Chanel, Prada, Rick Owens… The catalogue contains numerous interviews with personalities from the fashion world, and is illustrated by images by up to 40 photographers and artists.

 

 

Haute-à-porter,

from April 2nd to September 11th at Modemuseum Hasselt

Gasthuisstraat 11, Hasselt, Belgium.

 

Interview by Delphine Roche.

Vivienne Westwood FW 2015-2016 by René Habermacher.

© Modemuseum Hasselt    

Yohji Yamamoto SS 1994 by René Habermacher.

© Modemuseum Hasselt    

Jason Wu, SS 2012 by Kevin Tachman.

Vionnet by Sophia Kokosalaki, SS 2007 by Bill Georgoussis.

KXG Artisanal Collection C01 2014 by Krishna Godhead.

Rick Owens SS 2011 by Clément Louis.

Molly Ringwald by Sheila Metzner.

 

 

Elie Saab Haute Couture and Maiko Takeda by Txema Yeste for Numéro China 2013.

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