Saturday 11 January 2014

ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion in Utrecht

Pierre-Antoinne Vettorello
ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is the first international fashion exhibition on character design.
I have been following ARRRGH! online ever since the exhibition in Paris and I finally got the chance to visit this exhibition in Utrecht. ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion at Centraal Museum is open until 19 Januari 2014, hurry up and you also will fall in love with these cute monsters.

ARRRGH! had its first presentation in at the Benaki Museum in Athens and then moved to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, in Spring 2013.

ARRRGH! displays more than 70 designs of 40 established and emerging designers.
These include Rick Owens, Issey Miyake, Bernhard Willhelm, Walter van Beirendonck, Viktor & Rolf, Bas Kosters, Bart Hess, Charlie Le Mindu, Maison Martin Margiela, Motwary Mastory, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Manon Kündig, Heyniek, Mads Dinesen, Craig Green and more.
Monstrous creations, atypical shapes, extreme volumes, covered faces and masks are transforming the human body into hybrid creatures with supernatural forms.

Centraal Museum Utrecht added
L’Hiver de l’Amour from 1994, early work by Viktor & Rolf.
Dutch designers Bart Hess and Bas Kosters both created new designs, specifically for this exhibition, commissioned by Centraal Museum. In addition, two outfits of the up-and-coming British designer Craig Green from his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection where acquired by Centraal Museum, completing the fantastic exhibit list.

The exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is curated by and based on the research of ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture, a curatorial and artistic collective in Greece, founded in 2003. ATOPOS cvc noticed that since the 1990s monstrous characters had been appearing on the catwalks of different designers and researched this phenomenon for three years. The outcome of this research was compiled in the book Not a Toy, Fashioning Radical Characters, which was published in 2011 by Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin. This is how ARRRGH! was born.

Jean-Paul Lespagnard

Chi He

left Rick Owens, right Craig Green

Craig Green

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

Walter van Beirendonck

Craig Green

Mastori Motwary

Mastori Motwary

Henrik Vibskov

Craig Green

Mastori Motwary studio (Filep Motwary and Maria Mastori)

Walter van Beirendonck

Charlie Le Mindu

Andrea Ayala Closa

Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo

Cassette Playa

Hideki Seo

Issey Miyake

Bernhard Willhelm

Bas Kosters

Mads Dinesen

Maison Martin Margiela

Bart Hess

Alex Mattsson

Leutton Postle

Nasir Mazhar

Manon Kündig

Craig Green


Pierre-Antoinne Vettorello

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