Catwalk: Fashion at the Rijksmuseum | ITSLIQUID

Catwalk: Fashion at the Rijksmuseum

Fashion | May 4, 2016 |

Catwalk: Fashion at the RijksmuseumImage courtesy of Rijksmuseum

Catwalk: Fashion at the Rijksmuseum

Photography and fashion go together like peaches and cream. So it is almost with a twist of genius that the upcoming spectacle Catwalk: Fashion at the Rijksmuseum is, fittingly, a fashion-focused exhibition designed and curated by world-renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf. For the occasion, six galleries of the Philips Wing have been decked with a textile tribute to Dutch fashion, spanning from 1625 to 1960, each piece plucked from the Rijksmuseum’s fashion item collection with some pieces being shown for the very first time.

 

Catwalk: Fashion at the RijksmuseumImage courtesy of Rijksmuseum

 

From a pair of Golden Age underpants belonging to the Count of Nassau Dietz, to Helena Slicher’s wedding dress – the widest gown in the Netherlands; the exhibition weaves in many unusual stories. Within these stories are clues into the social rules of bygone eras, eras describing age-old fashionista fetishes, social status, age, royalty and trend, with the museum’s Curator of Costumes, Bianca du Mortier, explaining: “The garments presented in this exhibition reflect the stories of the people who wore them. In fashion, the choices of the wearer count – they make him or her a trendsetter or a follower“.

 

Catwalk: Fashion at the RijksmuseumImage courtesy of Rijksmuseum

 

Each stitch and ruffle was celebrated under the eye of photographer Erwin Olaf, and each room curated under a specific theme. For example, the Couture Show installation features a prim line of classical Thonet chairs, sketching out the first row of a fashion runway, with visitors invited to sit and watch a chronological fashion parade, all in past tense. Some gems on show include a post-war dress made of silk Royal Airforce pilot’s maps; a Yves Saint Laurent “Mondrian dress”; and the silk taffeta cocktail dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga.

 

Catwalk: Fashion at the RijksmuseumImage courtesy of Rijksmuseum

 

To breathe life into these garments, Bonaveri‘s mannequins don contemporary fashions while Nanasai Corp‘s models enrobe with 18th to 20th century attire. A sobering look into one of fashion’s closest allies: time, Catwalk revisits bygone epochs of style that may have passed, but are certainly not forgotten. With gentle reminders such as this exhibition, it acts as another major tribute to one of the most steadfast corners of society: that of what we wear.

 

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Catwalk: Fashion at the Rijksmuseum
Until May 15, 2016

 

more. rijksmuseum.en

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


Laboratorio Donà

Fashion | October 22, 2020

Patrizia Donà is a successor of the long family tradition originating from the island of Murano, Venice. During her childhood, she used to spend many summers in a family manufacture, helping putting together crystal parts of Venetian chandeliers, whose production is a unique and unsurpassed process. So Patrizia grew up surrounded by artisanal works, in an atmosphere where striving for perfection and continuous improvement came to her naturally. Later in life, Patrizia Donà moved to Rotterdam where she studied Fashion Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy. She graduated Cum Laude in 2006. Read more


Waiwai

Fashion | October 12, 2020

Growing up founder and designer Sasha Arkhipova was exposed to the artistic process from an early age. Brought up in a family of creatives she was surrounded by art, fashion, architecture and alternative music as she developed her passion for form and material exploration. During her formative years she spent most of her spare time absorbing the curiosities of her native Russia attending various galleries, exhibits and watching classic and progressive films. Read more


RE-FREAM PROJECT

Fashion | September 27, 2020

The research project Re-FREAM is exploring the interaction between the domains of fashion, design, science, craft and technology, promoting a space for co-creation and co-research, where experimental projects are connecting artists with scientists and technologists for better human centered and sustainable solutions. During the ARS ELECTRONICA 2020, the results of the first round of co-creation residencies were presented online and are now available on the Re-FREAM website. Until September 30th, the project is looking for artists and designers to co-create innovative fashion concepts together with researchers using novel production technology in a second open call. Read more


FEATURED DESIGNER: Giambattista Valli

Fashion | September 24, 2020

Born and raised in Rome, Giambattista Valli holds a BA from Liceo as well a degree in Art. Influenced by his city, his Roman roots, the movies of Antonioni... Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!