ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion
The spooky and humorous avatars, video game characters and comic heroes are becoming more and more frequent in current fashion design. Monstrous creations take over the catwalk and conquer high fashion. Designers give atypical shapes to fabrics and create extreme volumes. They cover and mask the face, transforming the human body into hybrid creatures with supernatural forms, vibrant colours and abstract elements.
ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is the first international fashion exhibition on character design. ARRRGH! displays more than 70 designs of 40 established and emerging designers. These include Rick Owens, Issey Miyake, Bernhard Willhelm, Walter van Beirendonck, Viktor & Rolf, Bas Kosters, Bart Hess, Charlie Le Mindu, Maison Martin Margiela and Craig Green.
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Athens - Paris - Utrecht
The exhibition includes outfits that have recently been presented on the international catwalk. ARRRGH! was first on show in 2011 at the Benaki Museum in Athens and then moved to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, in Spring 2013. In Utrecht, the Centraal Museum will be adding one more design: L’Hiver de l’Amour by Viktor & Rolf from 1994, the earliest design of this duo in the museum collection. Bart Hess and Bas Kosters will be both creating a new design, specifically for this exhibition, commissioned by Centraal Museum. In addition, two outfits of the up-and-coming British designer Craig Green from his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection will be acquired by Centraal Museum, completing the exhibit list.
The most distinctive feature of ARRRGH! is that the monsters are not exhibited on pedestals or on stage, but on the ground. As a visitor, you literally come face-to-face with the designs and you are invited to compare yourself to the monsters and question your own ideas on beauty. Do we accept things that are different to us or just things that may compare to ourselves?
The exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is curated by and based on the research of ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture, a curatorial and artistic collective in Greece, founded in 2003. ATOPOS cvc noticed that since the 1990s monstrous characters had been appearing on the catwalks of different designers and researched this phenomenon for three years. The outcome of this research was compiled in the book Not a Toy, Fashioning Radical Characters, which was published in 2011 by Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin. This is how ARRRGH! was born.