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Surrealism

The Self on Display

The Self on Display

Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking Life

The title ‘Shocking Life’ alone suggests multiple readings. ‘Shocking’ refers to her life, one of excitement, privilege and excess; it also references ‘Shocking Pink’, the colour she created, which acts as a synecdoche for her provocative designs; finally, it underscores her commercial success by echoing the name of the fragrance she launched in 1937. But as critic Judith Thurman observes, ‘what is most shocking about Schiaparelli […] is her obscurity.’

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Fashion & Memory

Fashion & Memory

Unravelling twentieth-century fashion's relationship with memory and perpetual pursuit of the new

Fashion and photography share certain characteristics. Each claims the status of art, yet remains at its margins. The claims of photography have achieved recognition to some extent, yet photography-as-art constitutes only a small part of all photography. Fashion’s claim to artistic status remains contentious.

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Sartorial Meditations: In All Seriousness

Sartorial Meditations: In All Seriousness

A collaborative series between Another Africa and Vestoj

How we understand fashion is a collection of infinite possibilities, projected images and representations. At once enigmatic, desirable, glamorous, festive, authoritarian; dress is a multi-dimensional concept that might be described and observed a countless number of ways, from anthropological costume to the revered fashion image.

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