Monday, 27 December 2010

Devout/Divine -Fashion vs. Religion at MMH (Hasselt Fashion Museum)

Despite the winter weather I went to Hasselt last week to visit the exhibition ‘Devout/Divine- Fashion vs. Religion’ at the MMH ( Fashion Museum Hasselt). I’m really glad I got the chance to see it and that this is my last report of 2010. This was one of the most inspiring exhibitions of 2010.

If you have the chance to see it there is a possibility to visit the exhibition until the 9th of January 2011.

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture s/s 2007

‘Devout/Divine- Fashion vs. Religion’ focuses on the relationship between contemporary fashion design and religion. More specifically, the integration and translation of religious symbolism in designs of the past decennia is emphasized.
With this expo, MMH focuses on a very contemporary theme. Religion and its visual appearance are much discussed these days. Many religious groups have distinct clothing politics that play an important role in their identity.

Recently, there has been a growing interest of designers for religion and the clothing and symbols that go along with it. However, the use of religion in fashion is not new. In the middle of the 20th century, leading fashion houses like Jeanne Lanvin, Madame Grès and Cristobal Balenciaga based several designs on religious garments, as a result of their religious education. In the ‘80s, jewellery with religious symbols was very popular, for example the queen of pop Madonna wore crosses as necklace and earrings.

‘Devout/Divine – Fashion vs. Religion’ is a compilation of creations of international designers and photographers. It examines how religion is integrated in their work. In the exhibition there are designs by designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Rick Owens, Walter Van Beirendonck, Bernhard Willhelm, A.F. Vandevorst, Manish Arora, Raf Simons, Mada van Gaans, Cristobal Balenciaga, M+F Girbaud and more.

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture s/s 2007

Raf Simons A/W 2000/2001

Rick Owens s/s 2009

Arkadius S/S 2002

Walter van Beirendonck F/W 2008-2009

Kevin Ledo 'The Burden of Saint Vuitton' - The Guiding Light 2009

Adam Courtney 'Religion Narrative'

Michaël Verheyden designed the scenography, a scene that contributes to a total experience of divine fashion.

Todd Lynn F/W 2009-2010

‘Devout/Divine- Fashion vs. Religion’ is coordinated by Kenneth Ramaekers with assistance of Eve Demoen. Scenography is designed by Michaël Verheyden

For more information about the exhibition:

January 29th MMH will open a new exposition ‘Alter Nature: The future that never was’ with participants like: Thierry Mugler, Marloes ten Böhmer and Lanvin.

‘Alter Nature: The future that never was’ is an overarching project by Z33, the Hasselt Fashion Museum and CIAP in collaboration with the MAD faculty, the University of Hasselt, the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), KULeuven University and bioSCENTer.

Check the blog post about: ‘Alter Nature: we can’

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