THE BARBICAN WILL QUESTION THE MEANING OF BAD TASTE WITH SHOCKING, EXCESSIVE PIECES FROM DESIGNERS SUCH AS VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, JOHN GALLIANO AND MARC JACOBS.
“Vulgarity exposes the scandal of good taste” – Adam Phillips
What images, ideas or feelings does the word “vulgar” conjure up in your mind?
In the first exhibition of its kind, aiming to answer just that, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined explores the challenging yet compelling idea of ‘taste’ in fashion, from the renaissance to the present day. The exhibition will showcase over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical costumes to contemporary ready-to-wear, with contributions from designers such as Chloé, Christian Dior, Pam Hogg, Lanvin, Moschino, Prada and more.
Curated by Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, the exhibition comes at a poignant time, with brands such as Moschino which is lauded for its use of kitsch, and Vetements which opened its SS16 show with a DHL-branded t-shirt.
Jane Alison, head of visual arts at the Barbican, praised the curators for creating “a highly original, redefining and hugely enjoyable exhibition about fashion past and present”.
Prepare to be amazed – and with a little luck, shocked, too.
The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined,
The Barbican, London
October 13 – February 5, 2017