Fashion in museums : past, present & future | Symposium

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20 to 22 April 2016

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Abstract : Not only the curator’s and conservator’s point of view will be presented, but also the administrator’s – who is very often unfamiliar with costume & fashion’s different requirements and has to be convinced of the steep cost of a fashion exhibit. Experts from leading national and international institutions will present their insights: a conference not to be missed.

Over the past two decades most of the blockbuster fashion exhibitions around the world have centred around present day fashion designers and were more or less offered to the respective institutions as a complete package including the extensive marketing and publicity apparatus of the fashion brand. This is a far cry from Diana Vreeland’s original concept (1983-4) of a museum celebrating a contemporary designer – in her case Yves Saint Laurent – by presenting a retrospective curated by the museum and presented by them.

In a speech delivered by renowned fashion journalist Suzy Menkes (Vogue International Editor) at the Rijksmuseum in June 2015 she called for a return to museum curated exhibitions based on in-depth research of their own collections which hold so many amazing yet unexplored treasures. With the exhibition Catwalk. Fashion in the Rijksmuseum (20 February – 15 May 2016) the museum puts a renewed step in this direction by presenting a cross-section of its costume collection – the oldest in the country – in a setting designed by renowned Dutch photographer, Erwin Olaf.

The programme and details about booking will follow. Confirmed speakers: Dr. Johannes Pietsch (Bayrisches Nationalmuseum München), Johanna Hashagen (Bowes Museum, Newgate, UK), Dr. Elinoor Bergvelt & Dr. Christine Delhay (UvA) and Bianca du Mortier, MA (Rijksmuseum).

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