The exhibitions that have mattered

I am passionate about exhibitions. Like anything else, it started with exhibitions I have seen and have been amazed, impressed or touched by. In an exhibition, all my senses are awake. It touches me in every way. My appetite for knowledge and responsiveness to academia are stimulated, my fascination and sensibility for (spatial) design are encountered, my eagerness for interaction and participation (my research for fun) is somehow satisfied, and exhibitions are a way of living my passion for fashion, art and history. Going forward in my career, learning more and more about exhibition-making and curation, I have recently been…

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….

Exhibition Review. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait @ the Jewish Museum, London

Originally staged in 2013, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, after an international tour, has come back to the Jewish Museum for a last show. It was the first time I saw it, but I was intrigued by this exhibition which toured for almost four years. I was not disappointed. When an exhibition is made about an artist, it often tells the story of his/her career and life, narrated, explained and shown with objects from a magazine cover to a piece of clothing. A Family Portrait is different, and especially because it is ‘a family portrait’. The curator is Amy’s brother, Alex. Although he worked alongside…