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…

What are the exhibitions to see in Paris in December 2018?

I will be in Paris in December and I am starting to check what exhibitions there will be in the city this winter. My passion for exhibitions brought me to the job I do today. Going back to a city like Paris is very exciting: there’s more exhibitions that there’s time to see. However, in my memories, Paris’ exhibition scene is amazing content-wise, it is not design-wise, the exhibitions being mostly traditional looking, compared, for instance, to a city like London. Plus, the art scene exhibitions is very important, which is amazing but gives less space to history and science…

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…

INTERVIEW. Imogen Clarke about Streets Fans @ The Fan Museum, London

Street Fans is currently on at The Fan Museum in Greenwich, London. For this exhibition, the museum asked several street artists to create fans with the help of the fan maker Sylvain le Guen. The result is the showcase of a fantastic multiplicity of designs, a new eye onto contemporary fan making and the opportunity for engagement with the local community. Street Fans is an incredible project lead by one of the most incredible place I had the chance to work in. Imogen Clarke, curatorial assistant at the museum, tells us more about it: This exchange happened via emails.  – Is it is…

Interning at Formula D Interactive: a month in

Originally published on the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion’s Blog and Formula D Interactive’s blog. I was recently offered an internship at Formula D Interactive, a design company based in Cape Town, South Africa. They specialise in interactive exhibits for museums. I was offered the opportunity to work as a project manager. A month in to the job, I’m going to tell you how it’s going. But first, let’s go back to why this internship was a fantastic opportunity for me. I moved from France to study the MA Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion…

Future Park by TeamLab @ V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

With the company I am working with for the next six months in Cape Town (more about that soon), I went to visit Future Park at the V&A Waterfront to, as it is said on the website, ‘play in a digital universe that evolves in front of your eyes’. Originally made for kids by the Tokyo-based creative group TeamLab, this digital exhibition is a nice take on new exhibition-making practices. It’s very interactive, engaging and playful. On the first floor, the first exhibit is a big touchscreen showing symbols falling. When you touch them, they become animals, plants, landscape, creating…

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….