Thursday, 19 May 2011

monsters of fashion

exhibition's poster, © Bas Kosters, photo: Marc Deurloo
”...I'm workin' real steady
I'm workin' real hard
I'm building a monster
in my backyard...”

David Byrne's ”Marching through the wilderness”

exhibition's poster, © Charlie Le Mindu
exhibition's poster, © George Tourlas
Celebrated fashion designers and international artists
worked hard in the past weeks to build up or show again
their own monstrous, grotesque or enigmatic costumes
for ”ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion”, the world's first
exhibition about Character design in fashion, 
curated by Vassilis Zidianakis.

Cassette Playa & Gary Card, photo © Minas Minatsis, the eternal optimist
Presented by ATOPOS, the non-profit cultural
organization based in Athens, Greece that recently
came to marshal Craig Green's ”Atopic Bodies” project
(previous post here), the new Benaki Museum's
exhibition shows behemoth creations, large and
ugly, even frightening yet playful and experimentally
avant-garde at the same time.

Christophe Coppens, photo © Minas Minatsis, the eternal optimist
Yssey Miyake & Dai Fujiwara's monster
Pandemonia, © photo: James & James
Pandemonia, photo from the postmodern artist's weblog

 Designers and artists reinvent the human body
redefining the relation between body and costume
by mixing visuall communication codes while
questioning the established aesthetic conventions.
Characters' strong anthropomorphic appeal and
their bold graphic silhouettes gained acceptance
over the last decade into a broader audience
regardless of cultural background strongly
influencing contemporary fashion and the arts.

Alexis Themistocleous, photo © Demetris Vattis
Hideki Seo, © photo: Etienne Tordoir
The extraordinary exhibition includes creations
such as dresses and costumes as well as masks
and vinyl toys by 50 designers and artists like Issey
Miyake, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Gareth Pugh,
Bas Kosters, Maison Martin Margiela, Bernhard Willhelm,
Pandemonia, Cassette Playa, Charlie Le Mindu, Walter
van Beirendonck and Digitaria among many others
in a real extensive and frisky anthology of one-off
monster-like artworks: a real monster of a show!

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, © photo: Dominique Maitre


  1. Hi Elisabetta, how are you doing? I hope everything is great. This post is funny because lately I've been thinking about creating an institute of arts (only when I get older).
    This is really beautiful, I love when artists express themselves in a very unique way.

  2. grotesque fashion is becoming a trend recently, Pandemonia and lady gaga might have helped a bit. now lets wait and see if it will transfer at the street-style too

    Great Blog
    Find me at The Dolls Factory

  3. Wowwwwwww!!!! Corriamo ad Atene!!!