21 YEARS: Making Histories with South African Fashion Week @ Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

Last night, I had the chance to be invited to the opening night of the exhibition 21 YEARS: Making Histories with South African Fashion Week @ Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. I was thrilled as it is the first ever fashion exhibition in a South African museum. Fashion is finally entering the institution. This first event, which for sure will be followed by several others, marks the beginning of an exciting journey. South African and more largely, African fashion will finally be historized and historicized, collected and archived, studied and exhibited. As Erica de Greef, curator of the exhibition, expressed…

Design or Curation?

This is an eternal question that I struggle to answer. When you make an exhibition, the answer seems theoretically obvious: both. It is as much curation as it is design. It is what you display as much as how you display it. However, when you look at who makes exhibitions and how the industry is organized, there are curators on one side and designers on the other. They might collaborate – even though it is not always the case – but are distinct. The question then stays: in practice, is there a choice to make between design and curation? This…

Too Many Fish in the Sea: a display project @ London College of Fashion

Today, for the first time on this blog, I am going to talk about a personal project. Spending most of the summer in London, I was, back in June, looking for a original project to work on. I wanted to develop my practice but also, mostly, to have fun (it was the summer after all). There is a display case in the entrance corridor at London College of Fashion, John Prince’s St, which is now offered to the students of the MA Fashion Curation (which I did) to give them the opportunity to practice their discipline. It’s totally open and…

Exhibition Review: Hubert de Givenchy @ Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode, Calais

As a come back after the month of August, I thought I’d tell you about a museum I fell in love with a couple of years ago: the Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais. It currently hosts an exhibition about Hubert de Givenchy, the art director being the couturier himself. After a brief summary of Givenchy’s life and career, displays of dresses follow one another. They are organized by themes, such as ‘Audrey Hepburn’, ‘Lace’, ‘The Brides’. Between them, smaller displays present perfumes, sketches and magazine covers. In terms of curation, it is a very simple exhibition….

#ExhibitionTips: Stockholm

I as mentioned in my last post, I was in Stockholm a few days ago. I get inspired by my visits. I thus thought it was the opportunity to start a new series of posts: Exhibition Tips. I will share inspirations: display ideas and curatorial practices that I find interesting, innovative, inspiring, or simply good. Let’s begin with Stockholm which presents some compelling propositions. Stockholm is a city with a lot of museums to visit and a vibrant cultural scene. During my stay, I visited Fotografiska (photography museum), the Nordiska Museum (about Swedish culture), Aquaria (the aquarium), Moderna Museet (modern…