Exhibition open every day except Tuesdays, from 11am to 7pm
Passage du Désir
85-87 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
Métro Château d'eau (4) ou Gare de l'Est (4,5,7)
Tél : + 33 (1) 56 41 36 04
CURATORS:Luca Marchetti, Emanuele Quinz / mosign
WITH Hussein Chalayan, Antonio Marras, Maison Martin Margiela, Gaspard Yurkievich, Sissel Tolaas, Marc Turlan, Raf Simons, Pierre Hardy + Damien Blottiere, Item Idem, Justin Morin + Billie Mertens, Bernhard Willhelm + Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, Kostas Murkudis, Michael Sontag, Mathieu Mercier, Bless…
AFTER two previous stages, one in Luxembourg to celebrate the European Capital of Culture in 2007, the other at the Mudac, Musée du Design et des Arts Appliqués Contemporains de Lausanne in 2008, the international exhibition DYSFASHIONAL announces a renewed version to be installed between Paris and Berlin.
The exhibition, which will be presented at the Passage du Désir in Paris in 2009 and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 2010, will showcase a selection of pieces from the previous editions as well as a series of new productions by designers and artists from both Paris and Berlin.
The project will be completed by PARASITE, a hybrid space somewhere between shop and gallery, devoted to emerging artists and designers who explore the boundaries of contemporary fashion, and P.S, a show which invites choreographers to transfigure the posture imposed by clothes: the performance becomes a means to reveal how clothing shapes the body, determines our gestures and defines our identity.
DYSFASHIONAL considers fashion in the widest sense of the word. Rather than exhibiting clothes and styles, it explores the range of materials that turn fashion into a way of representing personal identity and experience. Staged as a construction site, DYSFASHIONAL does not define fashion but tackles the seemingly frivolous yet vital realm of fashion by examining the approach of designers and artists from various backgrounds, inviting us on a spectacular and striking journey and bringing us closer to a world in which the protagonists are not the objects but the creative process itself.
In the title Dys-fashional, the prefix "dys" indicates a disturbance, a discord within the system. The idea at the outset was to verify the dysfunctional dimension of fashion, that is to say, the elements that resist and clash with a "literal" definition of this world, as a simple collection of garments and accessories, as a production system for commercial objects, images and products to do with identity.
The idea is therefore to inverse the principles and to invite fashion designers to present installations which reflect their imagination and creative universe, rather than their collections. Through these environments, objects and films, a multi-layered horizon is constructed, whereby fashion appears beyond its constitutive material objects, as a field for experimentation or a state of sensibility in the making.
DYSFASHIONAL is not only a barometer for experimentation between art and fashion, it is also a bridge between Paris and Berlin, two fashion and art capitals.
Artworks: Matthias Heyde / MEA brand building GmbH
People: Philippe Miran