James Horsely : Fashion Theorist, Exhibition Designer and Researcher
“EXHIBITIONS LIKE NUDE AND ARTIST:ARTISAN PRESENT NEW DESIGNERS WITH A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA EXPOSURE.”
Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971.
Judith Clark and Amy de la Haye with Jeffrey Horsley,
Yale University Press.
With the recent proliferation of fashion exhibitions and their increasing popularity, Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971 provides a timely look at the practice of presenting fashion in galleries and museums. Identifying the Victoria & Albert Museum’s 1971 exhibition Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton as a critical point in fashion curation, the authors propose it as a watershed moment indicative of a significant shift in museological attitudes to contemporary dress.
2015 has emerged as the beginning of an exciting revolution in understanding contemporary fashion’s significance both to art and wider culture, and has at last drawn much deserved curatorial attention to those realms of the industry all too often excluded by the museum. What’s more, museum blockbusters are being proved in the public eye to represent only a tiny portion of the infinite potential approaches to the display of fashion. At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to how and where fashion exhibitions will evolve over the coming months and years, but I’ll bet that we’ll be seeing a whole lot more overlooked fashion coming under the spotlight, and new galleries along with it.
Words by Jihane Dyer
Edited by Jeppe Ugelvig
‘Fashioning Spaces’ is a re-working of Dyer’s bachelor’s dissertation from the Central Saint Martins Fashion History and Theorycourse.