|Alexander McQueen: Joan of Arc inspired dress 1999|
GSK Contemporary is 3 years old and has an ambitious agenda, covering the grey areas where the art world overlaps with performance, science and now with fashion. This year’s Aware: Art, Fashion, Identity at the Royal Academy, includes the work of higher concept fashion designers as well as artists exploring the significance of clothes and identity.
Being the second GSK exhibition visited, my mind has wandered to the success of these broad-themed displays. There is a tendency to include too many loose strands (one work from many different artists) and to ruin the overall flow of the show. The lack of continuity this case is perhaps the result of four different curators working on four separate parts of Art, Fashion, Identity.
Apparently, McQueen’s death early last year has been the inspiration for this show. It would have been a better exhibition had I seen someone walking through the exhibition and casually wearing one of the pieces.
'Like you just stepped out of a salon' - short performance video of Leigh Bowery, approx. 1980:
|Leigh Bowery: missing from the exhibition|
For good footage of many pieces in the exhibition see:
YouTube video on Art, Fashion Identity
Interview with curator: