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Hussein Chalayan challenges the preconceived notions about the meaning of clothing. Inspired by ideas drawn from disciplines not readily associated with fashion, and motivated by the political, social and economic realities of today, he creates designs that explore his conceptual ideas with a philosophical approach.

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Posted August 5, 2012 by Natalie Geld

 
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Presenting fashion as an area for exploration, where concepts find an expression, Hussein Chalayan challenges the preconceived notions about the meaning of clothing. Inspired by ideas drawn from disciplines not readily associated with fashion, and motivated by the political, social and economic realities of today, he creates designs that explore his conceptual ideas with a philosophical approach.

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is garments are imbued with the thought processes behind them while his acclaimed runway shows function as performance pieces. Besides fashion collections, he makes installations, directs short films and designs costumes for stage.

Previously presented at the Design Museum, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, this touring exhibition curated by Donna Loveday brings together fashion collections, installations and films produced by Hussein Chalayan between the years 1994 and 2010. Inspired by architecture, philosophy, science, history, anthropology, biology and technology, the selected works reflect Chalayan’s views on a range of themes including genetics, technological progress, displacement, migration and cultural identity.

“Any crossover between art and fashion has long been the source of controversy to say the very least. On the one hand, the art world views fashion’s blatant commerciality as somehow threatening the sanctity of a more rarefied form of expression. On the other, any fashion designer who dares to describe his or her work as art…” Susannah Frankel, Fashion Editor, The Independent

MORE… Hussein Chayalan YouTube Channel

This article is an excerpt, see:İstanbul Modern is pleased to present the most comprehensive exhibition in Turkey of works by Hussein Chalayan, one of the leading names of contemporary art and fashion.”  15 July 2010 – 24 October 2010 | Curator: Donna Loveday

 


Natalie Geld

 
Co-founder + Creative Director of mbSci, Natalie Geld is a writer, communications specialist, producer, and educator, and has spent much of her life fostering educational opportunities for activating vivid human potential. She researches the integral nature of energy and the relationship of science, consciousness, and our health.


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    My new amazingly talented friend and colleague Eda Aksoy turned me on to Chalayan's 'skirt lifting' – check it out!





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