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Autumn 2009: The Art of Fashion
September 2009

On the exhibition

In recent decades fashion and fine art have moved ever closer to one another. Fashion designers create installations and performances and in their turn inspire the art world. ‘The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions’ traces this development and seeks out the borderline between the disciplines from 19 September 2009 until 10 January 2010.

Viktor & Rolf, The Fashion Show, autumn/winter 2007/8. Centraal Museum, loan H+F Collectie. Photo Peter Stigter, model Maryna Linchuk (DNA Models).
Viktor & Rolf, The Fashion Show, autumn/winter 2007/8. Centraal Museum, loan H+F Collectie. Photo Peter Stigter, model Maryna Linchuk (DNA Models).

Five designers - Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Walter van Beirendonck, Anna-Nicole Ziesche and Naomi Filmer - were asked to create new work. The commissioning body was the Fashion on The Edge Foundation run by the art collector and patron Han Nefkens, who has been following and supporting fashion designers working at the cutting edge of visual art for several years. The five commissions create the centrepieces of the exhibition and are surrounded by fine art and fashion in which their multiple themes are echoed. This results in associative links between the works. The exhibition sheds light on various aspects of the intersections between fashion and art: fashion as total experience, the pattern as sculpture and the imaginary world of the fashion campaign.
The catalogue accompanying 'The Art of Fashion: Installing Illusions' is available from the museum bookshop.

The Art of Fashion has been compiled by guest curators José Teunissen (lecturer at ArtEZ Arnhem) and Judith Clark (exhibition maker, London).
The exhibition was made possible by the H+F Fashion on the Edge programme by author and art collector Han Nefkens, the Mondrian Foundation and SNS Reaal Fonds. The Dutch edition of ELLE celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year and is our media partner. The exhibition is a major part of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010. Five designers - Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Walter van Beirendonck, Anna-Nicole Ziesche and Naomi Filmer - were asked to create new work. The commissioning body was the Fashion on The Edge Foundation run by the art collector and patron Han Nefkens, who has been following and supporting fashion designers working at the cutting edge of visual art for several years. The five commissions create the centrepieces of the exhibition and are surrounded by fine art and fashion in which their multiple themes are echoed. This results in associative links between the works. The exhibition sheds light on various aspects of the intersections between fashion and art: fashion as total experience, the pattern as sculpture and the imaginary world of the fashion campaign.

The Art of Fashion has been compiled by guest curators José Teunissen (lecturer at ArtEZ Arnhem) and Judith Clark (exhibition maker, London).
The exhibition was made possible by the H+F Fashion on the Edge programme by author and art collector Han Nefkens, and by the Mondrian Foundation, SNS Reaal Fonds and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The Dutch edition of ELLE celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year and is our media partner. The exhibition is a major part of the official programme of Holland Art Cities 2009-2010.

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