Friday 6 June 2014

Fashion, the musical at Centraal Museum Utrecht

Fashion, the musical exhibition shows more than 150 items selected by Piet Paris from the Centraal Museum collection and presented in a surprising manner: as scenes in a musical.

Taking the visitor from backstage and the red carpet to – eventually- the stage, he shows more than fifty looks by designers such as Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Iris van Herpen, Viktor & Rolf, but also 17th and 18th century costumes. Paris wants to show fashion in context, and not isolation. He combines fashion with objects, which he actually puts to use: ticking clocks, flower-filled vases and burning lights. He breaks the anonymity of the mannequin by giving each one a complete outfit, as well as a face drawn by the illustrator himself. Piet Paris literally brings the Centraal Museum collection to life.

In the musical two protagonists, sisters Chantal and Simone, have two opposite ‘styles’. Simone represents the modern, minimal and geometrical, while Chantal the decorative, traditional and curved. By exhibiting the two opposites in two parallel lines, visitors can compare and then determine their own style.

Piet Paris (The Hague, 1962) is probably most well-known for his work as fashion illustrator for magazines such as Vogue and Elle. As creative director, he also produced the first three editions of the Arnhem Fashion Biennale. 

Fashion, the musical is open from 7 June 2014 until 30 November 2014

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Pictures report contributor Kris van Loon

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